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Updated: June 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?

We do not require an essay or letter of recommendation. Students can select Undocumented under the citizenship question on the Admissions application. Students will need to complete a Public Affidavit and return this to our office. This is not required for an admissions decision but it can help secure an in-state tuition rate for eligible students.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Nancy Vasquez
Assistant Director of Admissions
(309) 438-3914

We encourage all Undocumented, DACA, or Dreamers to review all resources via the Admissions website (for undocumented students). Details are available at

Illinois State University also has a Committee Assisting Undocumented Student Achievement (CAUSA). This organization is made up of students, faculty, and staff that seek to promote awareness about undocumented students on campus. Details are available at

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

The merit scholarship review process with the Office of Admissions, is the same for all students regardless of citizenship status. These scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship, University Scholarship, Redbird Academic Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Transfer Student Scholarship, and International Baccalaureate Scholarship. Details are available at

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 do not provide need based aid for undocumented students

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 should select the “Undocumented” option under citizenship in the application. The citizenship question cannot be left blank.

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?

The social security number can be left blank as social security numbers are not required to apply or be admitted to Illinois State University.

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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