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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > California College of the Arts

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?

We encourage students to disclose via the essay or counselor recommendation if using the Common Application. However, the CCA application allows students to disclose in an optional question. This allows your essay and recommendation to be about other things.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Robynne Royster
Director of Undergraduate Admission
(415) 703-9523

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

CCA offers the Creative Achievement Scholarship , based on academic performance and portfolio and offers between $8000 – $20000 annually.

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?

Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete an institutional financial aid application.

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 a an option to choose on the CCA application. However, leaving the question blank may not be enough to notify us of your need.

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?

Use zeros or do not answer…this field is optional.

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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