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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Updated: November 2013

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

Yes

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

IIT utilizes the Common Application for Undergraduate admissions to incoming freshman and transfer students. Students can now check off their undocumented students status on the Common Application.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Tanya Cabrera
Associate Director of Minority Outreach & Undocumented Student Initiatives for the Vice Provost
(312) 919-9411
tcabrera@iit.edu

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

We will offer all students regardless of their immigration status merit based aid. For additional institutional aid a student would need to directly speak to someone in the financial aid office. Leticia Moreno works directly with our undocumented immigrant students to guide them and their families through this process: lmoreno2@iit.edu (312) 567-3422.

For students entering as incoming freshman, there are a few scholarships open: CAMRAS and CROWN. For our transfer students we offer a $25,000 Presidential scholarship for those who posses a 3.5 GPA and are completing an associates from an accredited two year partner.

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?

We will offer all students regardless of their immigration status merit based aid. For additional institutional aid a student would need to directly speak to someone in the financial aid office. Leticia Moreno works directly with our undocumented immigrant students to guide them and their families through this process: lmoreno2@iit.edu (312) 567-3422.

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?

Via Common Application, a student may disclose his/her status as an undocumented student.
There is NO FEE applied for our admissions application.

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?

Enter zeros. We do not encourage students to place an ITIN or DACA social security on any institutional documents. An ITIN or DACA number may not be utilized for FAFSA or any additional aid.

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?

Yes

If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?

Yes

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?

No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

No

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?

Yes

 

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