College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > College of Lake County
Updated: June 2015
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?
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?
Both need and merit based scholarships are availalble through the online CLC Foundation application. Qualifications vary – application and scholarship descriptions available online: http://www.clcillinois.edu/paying-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/clc-foundation-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?
If you are a DREAMer, have been granted DACA or have a similar status, you only have to fill out the online CLC foundation scholarship application: http://www.clcillinois.edu/paying-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/clc-foundation-scholarships
We also have a resource page with other non CLC scholarships that are available: http://www.clcillinois.edu/audiences/undocumented-students/scholarships
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?
Yes, students can select “other” and not type anything in the section.
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?
Cannot leave blank – select check box that you will not be providing SS#
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?