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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Canadian Colleges and Universities

Updated: April 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?

Undocumented students in the US are not undocumented in Canada. Students would apply as international applicants and would need a passport from their home country and a student visa (if accepted to a Canadian school).

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:


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

If available, international students are eligible for merit based scholarships. There are also scholarships available for international students through Foreign Affairs Canada at

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?

Need based scholarships are not available.

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?

Non-Canadian applicants apply as international students, stating their country of citizenship. If students are in the US and are undocumented, that does not affect the application process.

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?


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?


Comprehensive information on study in Canada can be found at

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