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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > College of DuPage

Updated: February 2015

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, confidentiality is important to us.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Saraliz Jimenez
Manager, Latino Outreach Center
(630) 942-3039
latinocenter@cod.edu

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

The College of DuPage Scholars Award is College of DuPage’s premier merit-based scholarship. The competition is fierce and a limited number of scholarships are awarded each year.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be a Community College District 502 high school graduate, class of 2015.
Have applied for admission to College of DuPage
Submit a 250-word Personal Statement
Hold a weighted or unweighted high school GPA of 3.8/4.0 on a seventh semester high school transcript; OR
ACT 27 score or above.

Scholars Award Descriptions:

Presidential
The Presidential Scholars Award covers up to 64 hours of in-district tuition. Fees and books are not covered by the Presidential Scholars Award. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. The $75.00 membership fee for Phi Theta Kappa will be waived.

Board of Trustees Scholar
The Board of Trustees Scholars Award is a $2500 award – $1250 per semester. The scholarship covers only covers tuition. Fees and books are not included in the Board of Trustees Scholars Award. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program. This scholarship is renewable annually. 

Deans Scholars
The Deans Scholars award is a $1500 award – $750 per semester. The scholarship covers only covers tuition. Fees and books are not included in the Deans Scholars Award. As part of the scholarship, the student will be automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program. This scholarship is renewable annually. 

How to Apply
Complete the online Scholars Award application by March 13.
Apply for admission to the College of DuPage by March 13.
http://www.cod.edu/tuition/financial_aid/scholars_awards.aspx

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?

FAFSA is required for need based.

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?

 

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 you do not have a Social Security Number, please call Admissions and Outreach at (630) 942-2380 to request an alternate ID number. This alternate number should be entered in the Social Security Number field on the admissions application only. This field may not be left blank or contain anything other than a valid Social Security Number OR alternate number assigned by the College of DuPage.

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?

Yes

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

 

Resources for undocumented students on the college’s website:
http://www.cod.edu/admission/latino_outreach_center/undocumented.aspx

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