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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Illinois College

Updated: January 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?

Through their essay or indicate they are not a U.S. citizen on the application.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Rick Bystry
Senior Associate Director of Admission
(217) 245-3030

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

Any student admitted to Illinois College will be considered for a merit (academic) scholarship based on their academic background. Those scholarships range from $10,000 – $18,000 a year. In addition, an undocumented student can be considered for our 1829 Scholarship. This scholarship will be in addition to the merit award and combined with the merit award will cover between 70% – 95% of the total costs at Illinois College.

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?

Undocumented students need to contact the Office of Admission at Illinois College.

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?

They can mark “non-citizen” or “other”.

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?

Just leave it 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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