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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Coe College

Updated: October 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?

 Yes, please disclose your status during the application process.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Chris Paasch
Associate Director of Admission
(319) 399-8101

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

Coe does provide merit-based scholarships for undocumented students. Academic-based scholarships range from $12,500 to $30,000 per year. We also have additional opportunities for talent-based scholarships during Scholars Weekend which could include up to an additional $5,000 per year.

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?

All merit-based scholarships are determined at time of admission. No separate application is needed. 

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 prefer to know citizenship status. Please respond with non-citizen or other; do not leave blank.

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?

 If the application the student is using requires a SSN, please use all zeros. Otherwise, leave the answer blank.

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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