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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Cornell College

Updated: January 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, I do advise students to disclose their status to me. I can best advise them during the application process and on financial issues when I know their legal status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Marie Schofer
Director of Admission
(319) 895-4159

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

Undocumented students are considered international students at Cornell College and are eligible for the same scholarships. Competitive scholarships are available and range from $10,000 to full tuition. The maximum financial aid that an undocumented or international student may receive from the College is equivalent to full tuition.

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 are asked to complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and International Certification of Finances (ICOF). Both forms are available at the Cornell College website.

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 online Common Application offers a choice for “other” and then requests that the student selects the country of their citizenship. Undocumented students may list the country where they do have citizenship or “stateless.” A blank field is permitted on the paper Common Application, but the online form requires that these questions be answered.

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?

Undocumented students may list zeros or leave the question 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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