Can I apply for a FAFSA if my deferred action for childhood arrivals gets approved?

Asked over 1 year ago - Upper Darby, PA

I am a high school graduate but I couldn't go to college cause I didn't have the money to pay out of my pocket. A lot of the scholarships required that I have a FAFSA on file. However, I couldn't apply for fafsa because I didn't have a social security number. I will be going for my biometrics for the deferred action for childhood arrivals tomorrow. Hopefully within a few months my case gets approved and I get a social security number. With that number, will I be able to apply for Federal Aid, Grants, Scholarships e.t.c. through FAFSA and continue to getting a college degree?

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  1. Heather Roberts Majam

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    Answered . I do not believe you are eligible to apply for federal aid with a DACA approval. You can certainly check with the federal government to confirm that. Private scholarships are a different issue, however, because whoever creates the scholarship determines the qualifications, and they may not require lawful permanent residence. You will have to check each scholarship.

    Good luck!

  2. George Costas Andriotis

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    Answered . It doesn't appear you currently qualify for Federal Aid. Private scholarships are a different story.

  3. Dean P Murray

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. If you have further questions, you should contact a lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues. Good luck to you.

    Dean P. Murray
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