Emory to offer financial aid to undocumented students

Emory University plans to provide financial aid beginning in the fall for certain immigrant students without legal status.

The need-based aid would apply to immigrants qualifying for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants temporary deportation deferrals and work permits to immigrants who were illegally brought to the country as children.

“Emory University is committed to providing financial aid to admitted students who demonstrate need and who qualify under DACA guidelines,” read a statement issued by the university on Thursday. “As a private institution, Emory will use private, non-governmental resources to offer university scholarship support to these qualified students, beginning with the class entering this fall.”

Unlike Emory, Georgia’s public university system bans students without legal status from its top institutions and prevents them from paying in-state tuition rates, which are thousands of dollars less than out-of-state rates.

A group of 39 DACA students have unsuccessfully sued the state's university system over the policies. An attorney for those defendants filed paperwork this week indicating plans to appeal the case to the Georgia Supreme Court.