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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Northeastern Illinois 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?

Students are required to answer a question regarding their citizenship status on both paper or online application. Answering this question will allow the University to assess the student’s tuition. The disclosure does NOT impact the admissions decision.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Fabby Kallas
Admissions Counselor
(773) 442-4024

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

Students are eligible to apply to merit based scholarships as long as they meet the scholarship criteria. Scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship, Provost and Deans Scholarships. Amounts vary.

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 do not qualify for need based scholarships at Northeastern Illinois University, only academic scholarships. We encourage students to apply for institutional and private scholarships.  

For more information, please call the Director of Scholarships: Michelle Morrow at 773-442-4606 or via e-mail

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?

Students will check the option “Requesting consideration under IL Public Act 93-0007 (applies to undocumented persons graduating from Illinois high schools),”  OR select “Non US 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?

At this time, student may leave the question blank on the paper application. Our online application may require that the student enter all zeros in the field.

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?


Students are encouraged to go to our resource pages:

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