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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Northland College

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?

No, though counselor conversation.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Anissa Cram
Office Manager

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

We have both need and merit based aid for undocumented/all students. Merit based scholarships have specific qualifications based on each indivudual scholarship. Our Aademic Scholarships are based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Our scholarships are as follows:

Trustees and Presidential Scholarships – $20,000 – Full Tuition ($80,000 to Full Four Year Tuition): Honors the combination of excellent academic experience, leadership, volunteer service and accomplishments beyond the classroom.

Academic Scholarships – $5,000-$15,000 ($20,000 to $60,000 Over Four Years)
Awarded based on academic record and test scores.

Creative and Fine Arts Scholarships – $1,000-$5,000 ($4,000 to $20,000 Over Four Years)
To receive the Creative and Fine Arts Scholarship:
Art Scholarship: Must be an Art major or minor at Northland College, and must submit 8-15 works of art produced solely by the applicant in the form of slides or digital images.
Music Scholarship: Requires participation in a Northland ensemble (any major), may audition on-campus or submit a recording with two selections of your choice (vocal and/or instrumental).
Writing Scholarship: Must be a Writing major or minor at Northland College, and must submit two pieces of original writing to

Sigurd Olson Environmental Scholarship – $1,000-$3,000 ($4,000 to $12,000 Over Four Years): Created in the spirit of Sigurd Olson’s legacy, this scholarship is awarded to students who have made a distinctive commitment to the environment and conservation.

Eco-Visionary Leadership and Service Scholarship – $1,000-$3,000 ($4,000 to $12,000 Over Four Years): Recognizes contributions made to the community through leadership and service.

Engagement Scholarship – $1,000-$3,000 ($4,000 to $12,000 Over Four Years): Designed for students who have demonstrated engagement in and outside of the classroom.

Environment and Outdoor Program Awards – $1,000-$3,000 ($4,000 to $12,000 Over Four Years): These awards recognize the understanding, knowledge and skills consistent with the environmental and outdoor adventure values of the Northland community.

To be considered for the Environment and Outdoor Program Award you must have participated or attended one of the following:

Conserve School
Outward Bound
National Outdoor Leadership School
Wilderness Inquiry
An environmentally-oriented high school

Legacy Scholarship – $2,500 ($10,000 Over Four Years): Created to encourage the continued family commitment to the high standard, unique mission, and lasting legacy of a Northland College education.

Scouting Leadership Award – $1,500 ($6,000 Over Four Years): Awarded to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Boy Scout Eagle Scouts (and those who have received that designation by August 31st) who have maintained a 2.5 g.p.a or better.

Diverse Community Awards – $1,000-$2,000 ($4,000 to $8,000 Over Four Years): Created to support the pursuit of a college education for incoming students who have a demonstrated a commitment towards diverse communities.

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?

We use the College Board CSS Profile for 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?

We do not have this question on our application.

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?

A student can leave it blank. The field is not required.

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

Yes. Our application is free and online.

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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