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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Aurora University

Updated: October 2016

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?

Either is fine.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Luke Kerber
Assistant Director of Freshman Admission
(630) 844-5293

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

Merit scholarships range from $14,000 to $3,000 and are based on GPA and SAT/ACT.

We have a separate form for need based aid.

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?

The student would want to ask their admission counselor for an Institutional Aid Form. This form would be filled out by the student and their family in place of FAFSA for need based aid.

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?

They should select “non-citizen” and select the country that they were born in. The student should NOT select “international.”

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?

The student can leave it blank.

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?


If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?


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?


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