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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Loyola University Chicago

Updated: May 2015

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?

 Student status will be revealed once they answer questions on the application on status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Sparkle Hunt
Assistant Director
(773) 508-3943

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

Merit scholarships range from $13,500 to $18,500.
DACA awards – Full tuition and room and board. Awards are merit based. 

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 may only quality for merit based awards.  

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?

 The student should notate non-citizen.

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?

 Leave it blank.

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


There is no fee to apply.

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?


Loyola is opening a community college called Arrupe College. Students may earn an Associates degree the complete their Bachelors at Loyola after 2 years.

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