Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Mount Sinai Health System, which includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and eight hospital campuses, is a safe haven where patients, students, and employees are free to receive care, learn, and work without fear of discrimination, harassment or intimidation. 

In light of recent concerns about the status of persons who are undocumented and/or have DACA status, we want to affirm our full support for protecting their right to the best medical care, education, and other opportunities that our country has to offer. In keeping with this commitment:

  • We will neither allow immigration officials on our campuses nor provide them with information about the immigration status of our patients, students, or employees, without appropriate legal process, such as a warrant or subpoena.
  • Our Security Officers will not contact, detain, or question an individual solely on the basis of suspected undocumented immigration status or to discover their immigration status, except as required by law.
  • We will not treat medical or graduate school applications of undocumented students any differently than those of students who are United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • If the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is terminated or substantially curtailed, we pledge to continue providing financial aid and other support to undocumented students, regardless of their immigration status. 

Mount Sinai policies offer extensive protections against discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis protected by law. These protections apply to all members of our community. This statement is consistent with the rich tradition of Mount Sinai’s “house of noble deeds,” which was established over 150 years ago to protect and care for our city’s neediest citizens, and continues to do so to this day.

Once we have admitted you to ISMMS, and have approved you under the DACA program, you can apply for institutional financial aid. This aid includes both need-based scholarships and need-based loans, and is intended to assist with tuition, fees, and housing costs.

To apply, complete the two online forms located at the top right corner of this page.

The deadline is June 1, but we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. We provide your financial aid package within two weeks of when we receive your application forms.

Please note that the CSS Profile Form asks for the previous year’s income information from both you and your parents. You need to provide this information whether or not you plan to file tax forms with the U.S. government.  If you are not filing taxes with the U.S. government, list your income under untaxed income.  If there was no household employment, you must explain your living situation (e.g., “I lived with relatives or friends.”).