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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Pomona College

Updated: November 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?

 Yes. It helps us provide them with more information about our policies and helps us advice the student after he or she has been admitted.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Michelle Gonzalez
Assistant Dean of Admissions
(909) 607-3028

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

 Undocumented students are read as domestic applicants and are considered under our need-blind, 100% needs met, no loan financial aid policy. Pomona does not offer merit scholarships to any students.

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?

They are required to submit the CSS Profile. 

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?

 Non-citizen or other works for Pomona. We also have students list DACA in the Visa section.

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 it blank. 

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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