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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a Social Security Number?

No. A social security number is not required to complete the application for admission. Should you encounter an area where a social security number is needed, please enter all 1's or all 0's.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Under the Dream Act, undocumented students may be eligible for New York State administered grants and scholarships. You cannot receive federal aid unless you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.


I am a US citizen but my parents are undocumented. Do my parents’ immigration status affect the financial aid resources available to me?

Every situation varies. Please contact our financial aid team at [email protected] to discuss your personal situation. We would be happy to be of any help we can.

I am very stressed and anxious about my DACA or undocumented status or the undocumented status of a family member. Is there someone I can talk to?

There are many people at Upstate who are good resources. Our International Student Advisor is well-versed in many immigration questions and scenarios and is available at [email protected] for your inquiries.

Who is someone on campus I can connect with to ask questions?

There are many people at Upstate who are good resources. Within admissions and financial aid, we can typically direct your inquiry or answer your inquiry by emailing [email protected] or you can also contact our student inclusion professionals at [email protected]

How can I be sure my background check will not compromise my immigration status?

  • Your information shared with Castlebranch and/or MyCertiphi background check agencies will be secure and confidential.
  • Resident status will not affect your background check(s).
  • Be sure to list your permanent address on your background check(s).


Medical School Policies 

Our DACA and Undocumented Student Taskforce at Upstate Medical University recognizes that DACA and/or undocumented status may create some financial uncertainty concerns for prospective or current applicants and students. If you have any questions, our Financial Aid Team is willing and happy to help you. Email [email protected] or Schedule an Advisement to speak to a financial aid advisor virtually, in-person or by phone.