How Will Lack of US Citizenship Affect Admission/Aid Process?

Question: My daughter is a straight student, 98-100 average at top NYC HS. AP classes etc. She has permanent residency card, but cannot apply for citizenship until she is 18, we expect her to be a citizen by freshman year but if there is a delay how will this effect chances getting into some colleges and financial aid which we will need? thanks!

“The Dean” … who too often has to dole out bad news … is happy to give you good news this time: Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens are treated the same when it comes to college admission and financial aid.

So, because your daughter holds a Green Card, you don’t have to worry about how a delay of her citizenship could affect her college process. Keep in mind, however, that the most sought-after colleges and universities turn away many strong students with credentials like hers, so all of these institutions should be considered “Reach” schools for everyone. But, if your daughter is not admitted to her top-choice schools, I promise you that it won’t be due to her citizenship status, and–if she creates a balanced college list–she should have many enviable acceptances and financial aid options.

(posted 2/24/2014)

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