Emory University will pay “100 percent of demonstrated financial need for undocumented students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students,” according to an online description of the upcoming program, which will begin in Fall.
According to The College Fix, Emory has dubbed the program “Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocumented Students, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Students.” Additional information about the service can be found on the school’s website.
The program will provide undocumented students with significant education funding.
“All Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking undergraduate students, who have graduated from a U.S. high school, and who are determined by Emory to have financial need, will be awarded Emory financial aid funds to assist them in meeting their demonstrated need,” the website promo declares.
The school hopes to provide educational opportunities for undocumented students that do not have the same access as others.
“Emory meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduate Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students, and who graduated from a U.S. High school through a combination of grants and scholarships, institutional work study (DACA students only), and institutional loans. Undocumented Students without DACA status may receive an institutional loan in place of the typical work study award.”
The schools website does not, however, provide a strict definition of “financial need.”
Emory instructed international students who do not plan to remain in the country illegally to “have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while attending Emory University.”
In an email to The College Fix, Emory spokeswoman Megan McRainey explained the thinking behind the school’s program.
“Emory accepts undocumented students for admission and financial aid, including those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program,” says McRainey, because it reflects the facility’s “values to welcome students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.”
She did not believe that this would transform Emory into a “sanctuary campus” because she notes there is “no legal definition” for the term. She also refutes the notion that this new program undermines government, as the school’s desire is to “respect the authority of government officials who are performing their legal duties.”
Emory University is a well-regarded four-year college that charges $50,000 in tuition fees for American citizens and $70,000 for foreign national, who will not be covered in the illegal student financial needs program.
Emory is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of DeKalb County, Georgia, United States.