Admission & Financial Aid

Rights & Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of students by limiting third party access to student education records. To learn more about your rights as a student under FERPA, visit the USF FERPA page.

Application Process

The application process is identical for everyone, so you don’t need to hide your residency status. Here’s how it works:

  • Complete the USF application as a domestic student.
  • You will be asked to identify your country of birth and citizenship, but at no point will you be required to indicate whether or not you are undocumented.
  • You will also be asked to enter your social security number, but you are not required to fill out this field, you may leave that field blank.

For more information on applying to USF, please contact a Task Force Member. You may also get in touch with our admission office through our general phone line at (415) 422-6563.

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Financial Aid 

Although undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal aid, there are a variety of scholarships, grants, and loans for which you may be eligible, including Cal Grants or University Grants through the California DREAM Act.

To determine if you are eligible and to apply for the California DREAM, visit the California Student Aid Commission page.

Although undocumented students are unable to fill out the federal financial aid, USF uses the College Board CCS Profile to further determine aid needed. Visit the College Board CCS Profile website for more information.