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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Clarke University

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?

On our application, we ask what the applicants status is.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Alicia Schmitt
Assistant Director of Admissions
(563) 588-6373

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

Clarke offers merit based aid. Our scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. We also are able to award talent based aid, such as athletics (NAIA), fine arts majors, as well as major specific scholarships.

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 students at this moment do not qualify for any 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?

The student should mention Other as their legal status.

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?

Our online application doesn’t ask students for the SSN.

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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