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Private Colleges and Universities:
Access for Undocumented Students

Holy Family University

9801 Frankford Ave Philadelphia PA 19114

Swarthmore College

500 College Ave Swarthmore, PA, 19081

Holy Family University

9801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114 USA

Access Information

  • Are undocumented students considered or treated as domestic students for purposes of admission and financial aid?

    No

  • Are undocumented students eligible for merit-based aid/scholarships?

    Don't Know

  • Are undocumented students eligible for need-based financial aid?

    Don't Know

  • What financial aid applications should an undocumented student submit (i.e. CSS, FAFSA, forms unique to the school)?

    CSS Profile

  • Does the college or university have an assigned staff member for undocumented students (i.e. such as an undocumented student liaison) or an undocumented student resource center?

    Yes

  • Is there a student organization or club comprised of or advocating for undocumented students?

    No

  • Does your school provide free/low cost access to legal services for undocumented students for immigration-related issues (e.g. DACA renewals or applications, legal screenings)?

    No

  • Does your institution have a website specific for undocumented/DACAmented student support services?

    No

Swarthmore College

500 College Ave, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 USA

Access Information

  • Are undocumented students considered or treated as domestic students for purposes of admission and financial aid?

    Yes

  • Are undocumented students eligible for merit-based aid/scholarships?

    Yes

    Additional information:Yes, they are treated as domestic (need blind for admission). Criteria is DACA status or "undocumented but resides in the US and graduated from a US high school". Refugees/asylees are also mostly treated as domestic students. Yes, they are eligible for our one merit-based scholarship (McCabe) on equal footing with others. This is decided by the Admissions Office in the admission process.

  • Are undocumented students eligible for need-based financial aid?

    Yes

  • What financial aid applications should an undocumented student submit (i.e. CSS, FAFSA, forms unique to the school)?

    On application, they should complete the CSS Profile, and provide information on how the household sustains itself. If they file US taxes and receive W-2/1099 statements, we review those. A lot of undocumented families do file (or fill out the forms, at least); if they don't have anything, we'll review other statements as much as possible. We also have a general "certification form" to affirm that they give us true information, which is requested from all first incoming students, but it doesn't deal with actual finances. See https://www.swarthmore.edu/sites/default/files/assets/documents/financial-aid/2425_swarthmore_application_certification.pdf for the current forms. Citizens without a permanent US status (green card or citizenship) are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA, but it does not affect the amount of available aid from the college.

  • Does the college or university have an assigned staff member for undocumented students (i.e. such as an undocumented student liaison) or an undocumented student resource center?

    Yes

  • Is there a student organization or club comprised of or advocating for undocumented students?

    Yes

  • Does your school provide free/low cost access to legal services for undocumented students for immigration-related issues (e.g. DACA renewals or applications, legal screenings)?

    Yes

  • Does your institution have a website specific for undocumented/DACAmented student support services?

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