Arts and Sciences Admissions

Undocumented Applicants

Undocumented Applicants

Oberlin College considers undocumented students living in the United States as domestic candidates for admission. Students who qualify for “deferred action,” and have achieved DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), are particularly encouraged to apply.


Questions and Answers:

Must I have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status to apply to Oberlin?

No, all undocumented students regardless of status may apply for admission.

As an undocumented student will I be considered for financial aid?

An undocumented student must indicate an interest in applying for need-based and/or merit-based financial aid on the Common Application.  If admitted, Oberlin College will meet 100% of every student’s demonstrated need with institutional financial aid.  These funds may include need or merit-based scholarship, campus employment and if appropriate, a loan.

What steps should I take as an undocumented student to apply for financial aid?

We recognize that undocumented students are ineligible to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All applicants are required to submit the College Board PROFILE form. Please contact the financial aid office by email at or call 800-693-3173 or 440-775-8142 with any questions. 

What will happen to my financial aid status if I become a US citizen or permanent resident following the initial application process and enrollment?

If an undocumented student becomes a US citizen or permanent resident after completing the application process and enrollment, the student will be eligible to apply for, and receive, other forms of need-based financial aid.

Can an undocumented student apply for need or merit-based financial aid following enrollment if the student did not indicate their intention to apply for need-based financial aid when the application for admission was submitted?

If an undocumented student does not indicate their intention to apply for need or merit-based financial aid on the application for admission and is admitted, they will not be eligible to receive need-based financial aid while enrolled at Oberlin.