Updated: October 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?
Yes. Often students simply indicate “other” as their citizenship type, halting the decision process while we reach out and obtain additional information before we can process the application.
If a student is undocumented, they should answer “no” to citizenship and permanent residency questions but “yes” to if they’re living in the US and provide the amount of time that they’ve lived at their current address.
Students can also contact us directly to let us know they’re DACA/undocumented and we can remove any requirement to submit a visa document from their application.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
International Admission Coordinator
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
All undocumented students who graduate from a US high school receive in-state/resident tuition. No additional merit scholarships are available.
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?
No application is necessary; resident tuition is awarded automatically.
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?
Students can select “other” but should also indicate they’re residing in the US and the length of time in which they’ve resided here.
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 it blank. This is permitted in the online 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?