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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Augustana College

Updated: August 2014

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 imperative that we know a student’s status as soon as possible so that we can best advise students about both opportunities and challenges. The application can be a place to do this, although a student can also reach out to his/her admissions counselor or the contact listed below.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Emily Johnson
Associate Director of Admissions
(309) 794-7574

Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?

It is important for students to note that although we will award institutional merit scholarships to any qualified first-year applicant, we do not have the resources to make up for missed funding through state and federal need-based programs. For this reason, we are most accessible to undocumented students who:  1) live within commuting distance, therefore cutting room and board costs; and/or 2) have the resources available to them to contribute at least about $5,000 per year out-of-pocket.

We offer merit scholarships through our admissions application; we also offer talent-based scholarships in areas like Art, Music, and Theatre. Institutional awards and their brief descriptions are listed at Students can go to to complete a Merit Scholarship Estimator.

Students receiving our top merit award, the Presidential Scholarship, typically rank in the top 5% of their high school class with an A-average in upper-level classes.

Students should speak directly to an admissions representative for more information.

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?

Students should contact an admissions representative for more information about applying for need-based assistance.

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?

Students must complete all fields. Both the Common Application and our Augustana application have a way to report non-citizen residency.

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?


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?


Additional comments:

At this point, it is most likely for undocumented students to be able to fund their time at Augustana if they are eligible to commute from the parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ residence. It is very helpful if the student is also eligible for one of our larger merit scholarships, and/or is able to bring in a good amount of outside financial assistance. Students should reach out to an admissions counselor or the contact listed above as early as possible.

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