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?
Any method of disclosure is accepted.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
Assistant Director of Admissions
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
All applicants—regardless of citizenship status—are eligible for merit- and extracurricular-based scholarship up to half tuition, as well as need-based financial aid. While Lawrence can potentially award up to full tuition in scholarship and aid, we are unfortunately unable to cover the cost of room & board ($10,032 for 2017-18). Outside scholarships can be used toward tuition and room & board expenses.
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?
All applicants—regardless of citizenship status—are automatically considered for merit- and extracurricular-based scholarship. For consideration of need-based aid, applicants who are undocumented may submit either the CSS Profile or a paper copy of the FAFSA, in addition to tax documents when available.
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?
Lawrence uses the Common Application, which recommends undocumented and DACAmented students select “Other (Non-US)” for citizenship status, then answer “No” for “Do you currently hold a valid U.S. Visa?” No other fields will be required.
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?
Lawrence uses the Common Application, which recommends skipping the Social Security number section. Blanks or zeroes are permitted.
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?
Per Lawrence’s Statement of Inclusion: “The Faculty of Lawrence University reaffirms its commitment to fostering a diverse and welcoming learning community that embraces all members, including those marginalized by aspects of their identities. The principles of respect and inclusion are critical to our mission as an educational institution dedicated to cultivating dialogue across differences and to the development of meaningful citizenship that will meet the challenges of a complex world.”