College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > UW-Parkside
Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?
Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?
Self-identification is helpful when determining scholarships that would assist a student, but it is not mandatory.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
Yes. Undocumented students have the same opportunities for all of our academic scholarships as any documented student does. To be eligible for scholarships at UW-Parkside, a student needs to have completed their application for admission and be admitted prior to February 1st. Any students that are eligible for scholarships based off their application for admission will be emailed a scholarship application after February 1st.
UW-Parkside does offer a specific scholarship for undocumented students who show strong academic background. This scholarship is to assist with the difference between resident tuition and non-resident tuition. To be eligible a student can either indicate their status in their essay on the application for admission or contact an admission counselor at the University.
How would an undocumented student apply for financial assistance or a need-based scholarship at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application in lieu of a FAFSA?
It is the same process as listed in the previous question.
When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship is there an applicable choice such as “non-citizen” or “other” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?
A student is not permitted to leave this field blank on the application. The first question on the application will read “Are you a US Citizen” and a student would simply answer “No”. The follow-up question to this would be “What is your current US Residency Status” of which a student would simply respond “Other”.
How should an undocumented student answer the question regarding social security number? Should they use zeros or leave it blank? Again, is a blank field permitted when submitting an online application?
Leave this portion blank.
Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?
Do any state laws exist that restrict an unauthorized student’s access to higher education or could cause them to feel generally unsafe living within the state?
Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?
Do you believe that the mission of your institution creates an environment where an undocumented student would be embraced and feel welcome on your campus?
UW-Parkside offers a small environment that helps support students with whatever their needs may be; often undocumented students find this support extremely helpful in achieving their goals. In addition, our location makes us very aware of the student’s challenges and allows us to be ready to assist.