To be eligible to receive federal, state or Santa Clara University financial aid you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. You may be required to submit proof of your citizenship status before your financial aid application can be considered complete.
IMPORTANT: Enter your full legal name on your financial aid application(s). Do not use a preferred name or nickname on your financial aid application(s).
Your legal name is typically found on your Social Security Card. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must answer "U.S. citizen"to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) question "Are you a U.S. citizen?" If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident or other eligible non-citizen, you must answer "Eligible Non-citizen" and then enter your 9-digit USCIS/ Alien Registration Number on the FAFSA.
If after following the steps specified above you receive a request for proof of citizenship, you must present acceptable documentation of your citizenship status to the Financial Aid Office.
Acceptable Documentation for U.S. Citizens
- U.S. Passport, or
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or U.S. Certificate of Naturalization, or
- U.S. Passport card, or
- if you are a U.S. Citizen who was born in the United States, you may provide your Birth Certificate
Acceptable Documentation for U.S. Permanent Resident
- U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or
- Machine Readable Immigrant Visa (MIRV)
Acceptable Documentation for Other Non-Citizens
- copies of all I-797C letters from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and
- a copy of your most recent I-94, and
- a copy of your foreign passport, and
- a copy of your Form I-485 Application for Register Permanent Resident status
International students are not eligible to receive federal or state aid. Santa Clara University does provide merit-based scholarships to undergraduate international students. International graduate students should contact their appropriate graduate school for aid program information.