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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Denison University

Updated: May 2017

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?

 Either is fine.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Bryce Benton
Associate Director of Admission
(740) 587-6789

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

We offer both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to undocumented students. Awards range from $5,000 up to the full cost of attendance. There are no specific qualification thresholds to be considered for a merit scholarship.

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?

The CSS Profile is required in lieu of the 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?

On the common application they are able to include “non-citizen” and country of citizenship on the application. The can also select “international student” when applying.

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?

 Leave 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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