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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Oakton Community College


Updated: August 2015

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?

 Application form has “DACA or Undocumented” under Residency section. Students complete either a paper or online application. No SSN required.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Andriana Esparza
(847) 376-7126

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

Educational Foundation Scholarships- Need & Merit based
Academic Merit Scholarship- Merit based
Textbook Scholarship- Need based

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. Scholarship application form asks them to summarize their expenses.

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?

Admission Application: check ” DACA or Undocumented”

Scholarship Application: check “Other”

Online scholarship application does not ask for SSN. 

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?

 Admission Application does not require SSN on either online or paper (PUT 000-00-0000).

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?


We recommend for “DACA or Undocumented” students to apply and enroll as early as possible to take advantage of our payment plan options.

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