Emory University, an elite, private institution in Atlanta, Georgia, has rolled out a new program, to be effective for the 2017 fall semester, that will provide free tuition to “undocumented students,” with or without DACA.
The new program, titled, “Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocument Students,” is detailed on the school website’s financial aid section.
The average tuition for Emory is about $50,000 annually for American students, and $70,000 for international students. While it is a private university, Emory also reportedly does receive state money.
However, the free tuition is not being offered to legal international students – only to those who are in the United States illegally. Even international students whose visa has expired not not eligible.
Below are part of the guidelines as described on the university’s website.
All Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking undergraduate students, who have graduated from a U.S. high school, and who are determined by Emory to have financial need, will be awarded Emory financial aid funds to assist them in meeting their demonstrated need.
Who is an Undocumented Student for purposes of this program?
Undocumented Students are students who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or “eligible noncitizens,” including DACA students.
Who is a DACA student for purposes of this program?
A DACA student is a student who has received deferred action under the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process.
What are the components of the program?
Emory meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduate Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students, and who graduated from a U.S. High school through a combination of grants and scholarships, institutional work study (DACA students only), and institutional loans. Undocumented Students without DACA status may receive an institutional loan in place of the typical work study award.
When does this program take effect?
This program is effective the fall of 2017.
Who is eligible for this program?
Any student who will enter, or has entered, Emory University (Emory College or Oxford College) as a first-year, first-degree-seeking student, has graduated from a U.S. high school, and is considered an Undocumented Student (with or without DACA) is eligible for need-based financial aid from the university.
Who is not eligible for this program?
International students are not eligible for this program. Students currently in the process of applying for permanent residency will be considered international students until they have completed the immigration process with USCIS and have received a green card. Other students currently in the U.S. (attending a U.S. high school) on student or family visas will be considered international students.
The College Fix reported that Megan McRainey, a spokeswoman for Emory, stated the following in an email:
“Emory accepts undocumented students for admission and financial aid, including those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program,” McRainey wrote, claiming that this practice aligns with Emory’s “values to welcome students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.”
Several months ago, Emory was debating the possibility of becoming a “sanctuary campus.” However, McRainey denied in her email that Emory would become a sanctuary campus, stating, “Emory is not seeking to establish itself as a sanctuary campus, for which there is no legal definition.”
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