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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Northern Michigan 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?

Either of these is fine, but we also ask the question on the application.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Gerri Daniels
Director of Admissions
(906) 227-2650

Other NMU Admissions staff members based in Illinois are also aware of undocumented student issues, policies on our campus, and resources.
Kari Garcia, Marcia Lovett, Alison Crowley.

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


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?

Contact Financial Aid Office to see if there are options.

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 should answer “no” to citizen and permanent resident quesitons and check the box next to “If undocumented, check here __”. The online appilcation requires a response to the citizenship question.

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?

SSN should be left blank, and that is not an issue when submitting the 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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