Financial Aid for Undocumented Residents

Penn is committed to supporting admitted undergraduate students with DACA status or who are undocumented. 

If an applicant is able to meet Penn’s rigorous admission standards and is admitted, Penn’s aid program will meet the admitted student’s full demonstrated need, as determined by Student Financial Services, regardless of citizenship.

Applicants should indicate their intention to apply for aid at the same time they apply for admission. Applicants who do not indicate an intention to apply for aid at the time of admission, and are subsequently admitted to Penn, will not receive need-based institutional assistance during any part of their Penn enrollment.

As a private university, Penn uses its own institutional funds to provide financial aid to eligible students who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. If a non-citizen student becomes a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen while at Penn, they will be able to apply for federal financial aid.

Common Questions

If your family has the financial means to afford educational costs, we urge you not to apply for Penn-sponsored financial aid, as the offer of admission for non-citizens of these three countries is directly linked to the ability to meet expenses.

If your family cannot afford the total cost of Penn, you should apply for financial aid. Please note that funds are limited. In recent years, we have offered an average of 45 aid awards to admitted international freshmen, and one or two to admitted international transfer students.

If you foresee a need for financial aid at some point during your undergraduate career, you should apply for assistance as an incoming freshman or transfer applicant.