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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Holy Cross College

Updated: April 2015

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?


Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Terron Phillips
Admissions Counselor
(574) 239-8316

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

 Merit based awards – up to $15,000

NAIA Athletic Scholarships – partial tuition

$3,500 annual scholarship for graduates of the following high schools:
Holy Trinity High School – Chicago
Notre Dame College Prep – Niles
Noble Street Network High Schools
Cristo Rey Network High Schools

Pritzker Access Scholarship – must be a DACA student graduating from one of the Noble Network high school’s, and be offered admission to Holy Cross with at least a 2.9 cumulative GPA and a 20 super score on the ACT. 5 eligible scholarships/year – competitive and requires outside application.

Mission Team Scholarship – $1,500 annually. Must demonstrate commitment to faith development during college through participation in weekly meetings and involvement in areas of campus ministry and student life.

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?

Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance for many students. Other awards require a formal application found on the college’s scholarships section of the website.

Students are not required to complete a CSS profile or institutional financial aid application to qualify.

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?

 Yes – non-resident option should be selected

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?

 Field is optional 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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