Q: How did you get accepted to Cornell if you are undocumented?
A: Cornell University has need-blind admission policy. It not only includes your financial ability to pay the tuition, but also includes your immigration status. The US Congress has passed a bill that lets any children in the United States be able to attend K-12 public schools system with presence of student’s parents or legal guardians. But there is no bill specifically mentioning about undocumented students attending colleges or universities. Fortunately, Cornell does accept undocumented students in their admission, so as long as you keep up with your school work and the test scores, you can get into Cornell
Q: You said you are not registered. How can you attend classes?
A: The deadline for registering to the university without recurring the late fee is Feb 10th. Usually they give up to 2 weeks for students to solve any problems that they face and waive the late fee depending on the situation. So basically the University Registrar impose a $350 late fee to any student registering after the third week of classes, or $500 after the sixth week. And students are allowed to go to class and have access to university programs such as blackboard and bus passes. But I have to clear the balance from the previous terms in order to be registered anytime soon, otherwise I will be withdrawn from the university.
Q: You are a senior right now, and you said you need to clear the pervious terms that you owned to the university. How did you pay the previous tuition in your Sophomore and junior year?
A: I transfered to Cornell as a second semester sophomore. Before I came here, I worked full time in summer in order to pay the tuition. I set up a monthly payment program, paying $5,000 per month for 10 month. After a year in Cornell, I took a leave of absent, working full time to save money to come back. During those times, I met a lot of good people who wants to privately donate/lend some money to me so that I can go back to Cornell. And they includes my family members and relatives, co-workers and friends. So I had enough money to attend my junior year. And Now I am facing this challenge again to pay for my senior year, and I need your help this time!!
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