College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Lewis University
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?
Yes. This helps streamline the applicant’s review process. It also helps identify students that should NOT receive information regarding the federal financial aid process.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
Just like a citizen or permanent resident, undocumented students qualify for any primary freshman or transfer scholarship.
Qualfications vary (based primarly on gpa/standardized test score) and range from $5000 – 12000.
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?
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, we have a “non-citizen” category available on the 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?
Students should leave it blank AND apprpropriately mark the “non-citizen” box 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?