College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Viterbo University
Updated: February 2013
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?
It is at the discretion of the student when and how they disclose their status. I would recommend they make their admission counselor aware at some point so they know no FAFSA will be filed by the family.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
Dean of Admission
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
Listed below are Viterbo University’s Scholarships and Awards for new, full-time, freshman students intending to enroll in the academic year of 2013–14. To determine your eligibility for one of the following merit based scholarships/awards, visit the Viterbo website: www.viterbo.edu/scholarshipcalc.aspx and enter your ACT/SAT and cumulative GPA on the scholarship calculator.
President’s Scholarship – $13,000/year: Renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal) with an earned minimum Viterbo GPA of 3.30.
Dean’s Scholarship – $11,000/year: Renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal) with an earned minimum Viterbo GPA of 3.00.
Hallmark Scholarship – $9,000/year: Renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal) with an earned minimum Viterbo GPA of 2.75.
Heritage Scholarship – $7,000/year: Renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal) with an earned minimum Viterbo GPA of 2.75.
Access Award – $4,000/year: Renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal) with an earned minimum Viterbo GPA of 2.75.
Additional scholarships a student may qualify for are listed here: http://www.viterbo.edu/advancement.aspx?id=5374
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?
At this time, an undocumented student is only eligible for merit/talent based scholarships.
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?
Our application gives a student the option, “Non-Resident Alien.”
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?
A student can leave this question blank on the paper application.
Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?
Yes. Our application is free online. However, an undocumented student must complete a paper application at this time.
If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?
At this time the online instructions do not direct them to complete a paper application.
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?