Non-profit to pay for CUNY students’ DACA application fee


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About 250 Dreamers who attend CUNY campuses and face an Oct. 5 deadline to reapply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protection will have the $495 fee covered under a program paid for by a non-profit, the university announced on Thursday.

The fee will be paid on the spot at several CUNY Citizenship Now! DACA renewal events, thanks to a partnership with the New Economy Project, which raised cash to pay for the fees.

Non-CUNY students who meet income guidelines will also have the fee waived, and others can apply for an interest-free loan, regardless of income.

The checks will be made out to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and as grants do not have to be paid back, the school said in a statement.

“CUNY has provided a bridge to the middle class and beyond to generations of immigrant New Yorkers,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “Given the current political climate, and the fear and uncertainty it has created in immigrant communities, we are doing all we can to support the thousands of CUNY DACA students.’

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