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Updated: February 2016

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?

Students may disclose their status via communication with their admission counselor.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Any admission counselor can assist a prospective undocumented student and their family.

Students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission to be connected with their assigned admission counselor.

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(708) 209-3100

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

A merit-based, renewable scholarship is awarded to every admitted new student at the time of admission.  Amounts for the 2016-2017 academic year range from:  

Freshmen:  $6,000 to $20,000
Transfers:  $5,000 to $15,000

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?


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, there is a question to which students can respond.  

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?

Social security number is not requested on the admission application.  

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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