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Emory University to pay ‘100 percent’ of the financial need of students in country illegally

But international students pay full price and must certify they have sufficient funds to cover tuition 

A program to be rolled out at Emory University this fall pledges to pay “100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduate Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students,” campus officials state online.

The program, called “Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocumented Students, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Students,” is detailed on the private university’s website.

“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 states.

“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,” it adds.

According to Emory’s website, the program will begin in the fall 2017 semester.

Emory, a highly ranked institution located in Georgia, costs about $50,000 annually in tuition and fees for American students and $70,000 for international students, the latter of whom are not afforded the same generous treatment as students in the country illegally.

“As an international applicant, you are required to certify that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while attending Emory University,” the university’s website states.

Megan McRainey, a spokeswoman for Emory, outlined the university’s support for undocumented students in an email to The College Fix.

“Emory accepts undocumented students for admission and financial aid, including those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program,” McRainey wrote, claiming that this practice aligns with Emory’s “values to welcome students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.”

McRainey rejected the idea of Emory’s becoming a “sanctuary campus” for illegal immigrants, writing: “Emory is not seeking to establish itself as a sanctuary campus, for which there is no legal definition.” McRainey explained that “Emory adheres to all applicable laws and will continue to do so,” and that they “respect the authority of government officials who are performing their legal duties.”

More than 200 faculty members recently signed a petition to university President Claire Sterk demanding Emory be declared a sanctuary campus, according to the Emory Wheel.

When asked about other steps Emory takes to protect illegal immigrants on campus, McRainey told The Fix that the university has “implemented strong support services for the university community to obtain information and guidance with respect to questions regarding possible changes to the DACA program and continues to establish sustainable solutions to support undocumented students through its Campus Life offices.”

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Matthew Stein is a political science and economics major at Swarthmore College. He is a board member on the Swarthmore Conservative Society and Swarthmore Students for Israel.

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