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Applying for Financial Aid - Noncitizen and DACA Students

Although federal student aid and PA state aid is limited to US citizens and eligible noncitizens, Cabrini University is proud to offer institutional need-based funding to noncitizen and DACA students. If you are interested in applying for need-based funding from the university, please follow the instructions listed below. 

Noncitizen Students

Noncitizen students are students who are not US citizens or eligible noncitizens, and have not been granted DACA status. In order to apply for institutional need-based funding as a noncitizen student, you must submit the following documents to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Noncitizen/International Student Financial Aid Application
  2. Supporting income and asset materials (tax forms and/or statement from employer)

After the student submits these materials the Financial Aid Office will prepare the student's financial aid package, and send an email summary of the financial aid package to the student. 

DACA Students

DACA students are students who have received deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process. Most DACA students are also granted work authorization; and if a student has work authorization, the student may be eligible to obtain a Social Security Number. Although DACA students are ineligible for federal student aid or PA state aid, if the student has a Social Security Number they will be able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office at Cabrini University will use this FAFSA information to determine a student's eligibility for institutional aid. In order to apply for institutional need-based funding as a DACA student, you must complete the following:

  1. Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov
  2. Email financialaid@cabrini.edu to notify that you've submitted the FAFSA
    • Be sure to include your student ID number in the email

Note that a DACA student's parents' citizenship does not affect their ability to complete the FAFSA, the parent does not need a Social Security Number. If the student's parents' do not have Social Security numbers, you must enter 000-00-0000 when the FAFSA asks for parents' Social Security numbers. If your parents do not have Social Security numbers, you must print out the signature page from the online FAFSA so that your parents can sign it and send it in. 

When answering the question, "Are you a US citizen?" DACA students must answer the question by selecting the option, "No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen." 

After the student completes the FAFSA and emails financialaid@cabrini.edu the Financial Aid Office will prepare the student's financial aid package. A hard-copy financial award letter will be sent via standard mail to the student's current mailing address. 

 


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