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Financial Aid for Undocumented or DACA Students

At the University of Dayton, we work to enrich our community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. Every person, no matter their faith or background, is treated with respect and openness. It is this commitment that moves us to ensure that our financial aid process provides equal access to our education for undocumented and DACA students.

Financial Aid Process for DACA Students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

If you are a DACA recipient you will be able to use your DACA issued social security number to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. It is important to note that DACA recipients are ineligible for federal financial aid. Completing the FAFSA will make you eligible for the UD Textbook Scholarship, as well as provide us with information to award you additional institutional grants. 

Completing the FAFSA form will allow you as a DACA student to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is an important tool that can be used to demonstrate need which will allow us to consider you for institutional aid, as well as provide you documentation for outside scholarships. 

For questions about the process, please contact Cody McMillen at

Financial Aid Process for Undocumented Students

The University of Dayton is committed to equity in higher education. We demonstrate this commitment by providing opportunities for undocumented students to earn institutional aid. 

As an undocumented student, you will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship, once an application for admission has been submitted. Our Admission and Financial Aid staff will work with you to make sure we have the necessary information to award you these grants. To start the conversation around being considered for additional institutional need-based grants, please contact Cody McMillen at

If an undocumented or DACA student is admitted to the university, and files the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you will be considered for university aid. Per federal regulations, students who are undocumented or DACA recipients are not eligible for federal student aid. 

Yes, a Social Security Number is required to apply for a username and password (called the FSA ID) to electronically sign the FAFSA. If you are not eligible for a Social Security Number, you will be unable to complete the FAFSA. In these instances, you can schedule an appointment with the Director of Financial Aid to discuss your options for financial aid. 

No, your parent/s’ citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for federal student aid. In fact, the FAFSA doesn’t even ask about your parent/s’ status. 

No, since your parent/s' citizenship does not affect your ability to complete the FAFSA, they do not need a Social Security number. If your parent/s do not have a Social Security number, you must enter 000-00-0000 when the FAFSA asks for your parent/s' Social Security number. You must then print out the signature page from the online FAFSA so that your parent/s can sign and return it.


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