College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students
In 2009, the the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee (formerly Human Relations) published its first edition of the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. The feedback from high school counselors and college admission representatives was overwhelmingly positive.
It is our goal to include every college and university within the U.S. that welcomes undocumented students on their campus. Through outreach and greater access to accurate information, we can ensure that college is possible for all who want to attend.
The Scope of the Challenge
Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States, 65,000 of whom will graduate from high school each year. Access to higher education is an issue that continues to plague students, parents, high school counselors and college admission officers. Unfortunately, confusion exists not only with regard to whether colleges may admit undocumented students but also what type of financial assistance, if any, can be offered. As a result, high school counselors are often unsure how to best guide undocumented students because many are unaware of the options available. It is uncertain how many undocumented students attend college after high school. Of those who have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years, the estimated figure is 5 to 10 percent.
Table of Contents
Learn about federal and state legislation that impacts undocumented student and their families, including the Federal Dream Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Illinois’ Tuition Equity Law and the Illinois Dream Act.
Learn what to ask when researching and developing a list of schools, when completing applications, when applying for financial aid and scholarships, and when considering a major.
Lists of aid available to undocumented student to help pay for college.
A short list of potentially undocumented-friendly careers.
A list of additional resources for students and educators.
4 Year Colleges & Universities
2 Year Colleges & Universities
For Colleges & Universities
Add Your School
We are asking for your assistance in both updating and expanding the Guide. Answer a short survey about your institution’s admission procedures and financial aid and scholarship offerings for undocumented students.
Updates and Corrections
If your institution is already listed in the Guide, you can submit an update or correction. You should only answer the questions that need to be changed.