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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Grand Valley State University

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?

Knowing the student’s status helps us process the application properly because some undocumented students are mistakenly confused for international students based on the type of answers they include in the application. The student’s status is not a factor in the actual admission’s decision.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Carlos Martinez
Admissions Cousnelor
(616) 331-2025

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

Students are eligible for merit-based scholarships at Grand Valley State University, provided the student meets the minimum academic requirements. Please visit the scholarship website for more information:

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?

Institutional assistance is available on a limited basis for non-citizens who are undocumented and having difficulty paying their tuition. To be considered for financial assistance for the upcoming academic year, you must complete an Undocumented/DACA Student Worksheet and submit the appropriate documentation. You can find the worksheet in the following link:

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?

It would be best if the student indicates undocumented or DACA status to ensure the application is processed properly. They are able to select “other” as well.

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?

This section can be left blank on the 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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