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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Chapman University

Updated: October 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?

 Yes

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

 Taren James
Associate Director of Admission and International Admission Officer
(714) 997-6711
admit@chapman.edu

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

Merit-based aid ranging from $7,500 – $27,000 per year based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores. 

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?

 Undocumented/AB540 students cannot apply for FAFSA (federal financial aid). Therefore, we require all of our international students to complete the Financial Certification form.

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?

 We are a Common App school. Common App’s policies in terms of listing citizenship are followed.

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?

 We are a Common App school. Common App’s policies in terms of listing citizenship are followed.

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

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