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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Missouri State University

Updated: June 2016

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 should indicate on the domestic application that they are not a US citizen AND should submit a written statement indicating that their status (Deferred Action or Undocumented). It is suggested that the students submit a paper application so that the statement can be submitted with the application.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Olujimi Sode
Admissions Coordinator for Diversity Outreach and Recruitment
(417) 836-3166

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


Undocumented students can apply for departmental and foundation scholarships, as these are funded through private donations. We are currently working through a process to determine if undocumented students will be eligible for other University-based scholarships in the future.

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?

Unfortunately, at this time, an undocumented student cannot apply for need-based aid.

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?

No. We recommend a student answer that they are not a US citizen and then submit a written statement explaining their circumstances (Deferred Action or Undocumented).

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 blank. It is an optional question and not required.

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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