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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Lycoming College

Updated: June 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?

 Application-optional section of common application would be appropriate, unless it is the subject they most want us to know about them in their essay. Confirmation and context can be shared by the counselor.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

 Jessica Quintana Hess
Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of Partnerships
(570) 321-4318

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

Admitted candidates will receive scholarship, but should expect to be responsible for: $2500 per year, confirmation deposit of $300 in addition to personal 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?

Paper-based FAFSA preferred.
Or coordinator approved substitute. 

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?

 There is a blank/other option that should be indicated.

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?

Either (we are a Common Application school, and have our own institutional form). 

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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