The following chart provides the financial aid eligibility status for most classifications of non-citizens. Some students may be required to document eligible immigration status before receiving PELL or other federal student aid. Some may be asked by HESC to document citizenship or immigration status before receiving NY State aid. For more information on non-U.S. citizenship financial aid visit the Department of Education website.

Non-U.S. Citizen Eligibility

Student Status

Federal Pell/Direct Loans

NYS TAP+

Campus-Based Federal Aid++

(FWS, Perkins Loan, FSEOG)

Special Programs+++

(SEEK, CD)

Permanent U.S. Resident

Form I-151,I-551, or I-551C

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Asylum Status Granted

Must be stamped on Form I-94

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Refugee/Parolee Status Granted

Must be stamped on Form I-94

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Victims of Human Trafficking – T-Visa

(and their spouses  and children)

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Battered Immigrants-Qualified Alien

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Permanent Residency Pending

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

Asylum Status Pending

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

Refugee/Parolee Status Pending

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

Conditional Entrant* Temporary Refugee Status

Must be stamped on Form I-94

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

Cuban/Haitian Entrant

Must be stamped on Form I-94

Eligible Eligible Eligible Eligible

I-688 Holders

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

I-688A Holders

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

I-688B Holders

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

I-797 Family Unity Status

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

Temporary or Student Visa

N/E N/E N/E Eligible

Undocumented Alien

N/E N/E N/E N/E

N/E = Not Eligible

+ New York State residency is required for TAP

++ Campus Based Federal Aid (Federal Work-Study, Perkins Loan, Federal SEOG)

+++ New York City residency is required for College Discovery and Bi-Lingual program.

* Dated prior to March 31, 1980