Citizenship on the FAFSA
What if my parents and I are not U.S. citizens?
What if my parents are undocumented?
That’s OK, as long as you are documented. Your parents are protected because, by law, other federal agencies cannot see your FAFSA application. But you have to take special steps when you fill out the form. Call the FAFSA hotline to learn more. Or seek help from counselors with experience helping undocumented parents and students.
Is it safe to file the FAFSA if my parents are undocumented?
What if I am undocumented?
You cannot receive federal money. This is true for all undocumented students, including those who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. But you may qualify for state or local grants and private money. The New York State Dream Act is among a growing number of opportunities for students. Check out the many resources we offer on this website or talk to the colleges you would like to attend for more info.