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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)

Updated: March 2013

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?

Students can choose an undocumented status directly in their online application to the college.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Karin Kitchen
Admissions Office Manager
(414) 847-3251

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

Undocumented students are eligible for all merit-based scholarships the MIAD offers. Merit scholarships are based only on the quality of the visual arts portfolio and academic performance as noted by cumulative grade point average. No need-based funding is available to undocumented students.

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?

No need-based funding is available to 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?

Yes, students may choose other.

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?

Undocumented students should leave the social security field on the online application blank. Social security number is not a required field on MIAD’s online application.

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


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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