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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > DePaul University

Updated: September 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?

The choice to disclose citizenship status is completely up to the student and their level of comfort. Such a disclosure will neither help nor hurt them in the admission consideration process.

Is there a contact person in the Office of Admissions who is knowledgeable of the issues faced by undocumented students and can serve as resource person for students, parents and counselors?

Students, parents and counselors can contact their DePaul Admission Counselor using the Counselor Finder Map. We do not have one specific person in the office working with only undocumented students; all of our counselors are qualified to help these students.

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

DePaul considers all full-time freshmen applicants for academic scholarships when they submit an application to the University. These scholarships range in value from $5,500 to $17,000 a year, commensurate with academic profile, and are renewable for up to four years of academic study. Individual scholarship names and values are listed below:

Presidential Scholarship
Award Amount: $17,000
The Presidential Scholarship, DePaul’s most prestigious scholarship, is awarded to a select number of our most academically qualified admitted students. For renewal, you must maintain a 3.3 grade point average.

Deans’ Scholarship
Award Amount: $14,000 – $14,500
The Deans’ Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement as measured by outstanding academic performance. For renewal, you must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

DePaul Scholars’ Award
Award Amount: $12,500 – $13,500
The DePaul Scholars’ Award is given to students who have strong academic credentials and have performed above average compared to others in our applicant pool. For renewal, you must maintain a 2.7 grade point average.

St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship
Award Amount: $5,500 – $11,000
The St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship is awarded to students who have performed well in high school and have qualified based on a review of their academic credentials. For renewal, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

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?

To be considered for need-based assistance at DePaul University, a student must complete and submit a FAFSA form. There is, unfortunately, no substitution for this form for undocumented students. However, all students at DePaul, regardless of citizenship status, have access to a variety of financial planning resources on campus. To learn more about these opportunities for financial counseling, please contact DePaul Central at 312-362-8610.

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?

To complete DePaul’s application as an undocumented student, the student should indicate that they are a “non-citizen” with an “unknown visa status.” The student will then be prompted to enter an international address for which they can enter DePaul’s address (1 E. Jackson Blvd). They can then enter their actual US address in the field below and submit the completed form. This will allow the student to complete the application as a domestic student versus international.

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?

The student can choose to leave this field 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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