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Thanks for your interest in Alabama Possible’s Navigating Financial Aid for Immigrant Families webinar. You can find a recording of the webinar posted here and below.

Not a U.S. citizen and wondering if you are eligible for financial aid? Assisting an undocumented student with the FAFSA? Here are some helpful resources. This page will continue to be updated.


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Aid Eligibility

I am an undocumented student without any protected status.

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

    • You are not eligible for federal student aid but you may be eligible for state or college aid.

Should I fill out the FAFSA?

What other options do I have for financial aid?

I am an undocumented student who has been granted protected status under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

    • You are not eligible for federal student aid but you may be eligible for state or college aid.

Should I fill out the FAFSA?

    • Most states and colleges use information collected on the FAFSA form to determine whether you’re eligible for aid. You can check with your high school counselor or financial aid office to see whether completing the FAFSA form is the way to apply for state and college student aid
    • DACA students can use their Social Security Number to complete the application. Click here for more information.

How do I answer the question about citizenship?

    • While completing the FAFSA form, you must answer the “Are you a U.S. citizen?” question as “No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen.” After submitting your FAFSA form, you should check with your college’s financial aid office to see what types of financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

I am student with U.S. citizenship, but my parents/guardians are undocumented.

Does the citizenship or immigration status of my parent/guardian matter?

    • No, the citizenship or immigration status of your parents or guardians does not affect your eligibility for aid.

If my parent/guardian doesn’t have a social security number, how do I complete the FAFSA?

    • You must enter 000-00-0000 when the FAFSA form asks for your parents’ SSNs.
    • Without a social security number, your parent/guardian won’t be able to create an FSA ID and therefore won’t be able to sign your FAFSA form electronically. You’ll have to print out the signature page from the online FAFSA form so that your parents/guardians can sign it and mail it to the address indicated.

I am a noncitizen who is a permanent resident with a green card.

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

    • You are considered eligible for federal student aid if you have a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card), also known as a “green card.”

What if the expiration date on my documents has passed?

    • If your green card has expired, you might just need to renew the card. Be sure to do so promptly!

I do not fit into any of the categories above.

Am I eligible to receive financial aid?

    • You are considered eligible for federal student aid if one of the following applies*:
        • You are a U.S. national
        • You have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing
            • “Refugee,”
            • “Asylum Granted,”
            • “Cuban-Haitian Entrant,”
            • “Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980), or
            • “Parolee”
        • You hold a T nonimmigrant status (“T-visa“) (for victims of human trafficking) or your parent holds a T-1 nonimmigrant status
        • You are a “battered immigrant-qualified alien” who is a victim of abuse by your citizen or permanent resident spouse, or you are the child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
        • You are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau

*please see additional restrictions here

 

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