Loyola University Maryland

Office of Financial Aid

Application Process for Undocumented and DACA Applicants

2020-21 Academic Year

Loyola is pleased to offer both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. 

Merit-Based Scholarships

All undocumented and DACA students who apply for admission will be considered for merit-based academic scholarship awards provided their application for admission is complete by the Early Action admission deadline of November 15, 2019, or the Regular Decision admission deadline of January 15, 2020. A separate scholarship application is not required.

Applicants are selected for academic scholarship assistance based on a comprehensive review of the high school academic record by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Financial need is not a factor in determining eligibility for academic scholarship assistance. Students who are accepted for admission under the Early Action and Regular Decision programs will be notified of their eligibility for a non-need-based merit scholarship award with the admission decision.

Learn more about merit-scholarships. 

Need-Based Financial Assistance

Undocumented and DACA students are considered for need-based financial like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented and DACA students, Loyola provides institutional financial aid in its place.

Need-based awards are intended to supplement the amount that a student can pay in order to reach the full cost of attendance. Our need-based awards can cover up to the cost of full tuition, though these cases are extremely rare. Undocumented and DACA students will be considered for admission and institutional need-based financial assistance based upon a review of the academic qualifications, financial need, and availability of student aid resources. In some cases, especially for students with high financial need, we are unable to make an offer of admission if our funding will be insufficient. Loyola is unable to increase scholarship awards once they are allocated, and we are also unable to guarantee that we will meet 100% of a student’s financial need.

Scholarship and need-based awards are renewable for the same amount for up to four years (eight semesters, fall and spring) provided the student maintains full-time enrollment, meets the minimum grade point average (GPA) and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

How to Apply - Filing the CSS Profile Application

To apply for need-based aid, undocumented and DACA students must complete the College Board's 2020-21 CSS Financial Aid Profile Application. Loyola University's CSS Code Number is 5370. Check out the 2020-21 Profile Student Guide for more complete information on the Profile completion process. CSS Profile Customer Support can be reached at 844-202-0524 or the College Board's contact us page.

In cases of divorce or separation, the parent with whom the student resides (and if applicable, a stepparent) is responsible for completing the CSS Profile. Loyola reserves the right to request the non-custodial parent to complete the CSS Profile.

You will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if your non-custodial parent is required to complete the CSS Profile.

Additional Documents

In addition to the CSS Profile, some students may be required to provide documentation to verify financial information. Loyola utilizes the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) to receive and process income and financial documents.You will be notified by both the Office of Financial Aid and the College Board if/when we need these documents.

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines & Notification Dates

Early Action Admission Applicants: 

  • December 1: Priority Deadline to submit the CSS Profile for Early Action applicants
  • February 1: Financial Aid notification date for Early Action accepted students who meet the priority filing deadline of December 1

Early Action accepted students who don't meet the December 1 priority deadline can submit the CSS Profile by February 1 to receive their financial aid package by April 1.

Regular Decision Admission Applicants:

  • February 1: Deadline to submit the CSS Profile for all Regular Decision applicants
  • April 1: Financial Aid notification date for Regular Decision accepted students who meet the filing deadline of February 1