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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Benedictine University

Updated: November 2014

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

Yes

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

Students are advised to disclose their status in the manner that they feel most comfortable whether it be: oral/written communication between the student and their admissions counselor, our application, or their essay should the student need to submit one. Students are not required to disclose this information.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

None

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

We have a variety of scholarships available to admitted students. Students can qualify automatically for one the following renewable scholarship based on the information provided on their admissions application:

Presidential Award
Amount $9,250 – $14,100 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum.

St. Benedict Award
Amount $7,500 – $9,000 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum.

Benedictine Eagle Award
Amount $5,000 – $6,000 per year
Eligibility Evaluation of academic performance in high school curriculum.

Catholic High School Recognition Award
Amount $2,500 per year
Eligibility Graduate of a Catholic high school

Music Scholarship
Amount Up to $4,000 per year
Eligibility Successful completion of a music audition with the music department; declared major or minor in music.

Out-of-State Award
Amount Up to $4,000 per year
Eligibility Residents of a state other than Illinois and who will reside on campus; FAFSA completion; financial need.

Family Recognition Award
Amount Up to $1,000 per year
Eligibility Incoming students of alumni parents and or/grandparents and with sibling(s) currently enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program or sibling(s) is a Benedictine University alumnus of the traditional undergraduate program.
The following are renewable scholarships students are encouraged to apply for once they are admitted to the university:

Leadership Award
Amount $2,000 per year as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Participation in high school leadership roles.

Benedictine Spirit Award
Amount $2,000 per year as determined by the selective awards committee. Limited number of awards available.
Eligibility Active role in the community by reaching out and volunteering to help others.

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 first step an undocumented student would take is applying to the university. Based on information provided on their admissions application we would match them with the institutional aid they are eligible for. Students are encouraged to disclose of their status early on in the process. This allows us to better serve our students and assist them in their search for financial assistance, specifically at BenU.

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?

There is an applicable choice of “other” where they may indicate their specific status. Blank fields are not permitted.

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 social security number is required on our application. Students should use 000-00-000 in the social security field. A blank field will not be permitted.

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

Yes

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

No

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?

No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

No

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?

Yes

One of our Benedictine values includes a tradition of hospitality. Benedictine strives to make all students feel welcome on campus. In addition, specific staff members and departments on campus are available to meet the needs of First Generation students.

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