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Updated: September 2017

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. We understand the safety concerns students face when contemplating whether or not they should disclose their residency status. Based on student preference; they can disclose this information during the application process via the Common or Coalition Application or after gaining admission through the Purdue University Residency Office.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Janiah Downing
Associate Director of Admissions
(765) 496-3408

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?

FAFSA is required for all need based aid; however undocumented students are typically not eligible for need based aid based on their residency status.

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?

Purdue University uses the Common Application and the Coalition Application for admission. Both allow students to choose a “non-citizen” option.

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?

They should leave it blank or enter DACA number.

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?


Recently; SB 423 went into affect. SB 423 prohibit state postsecondary education institutions from adopting sanctuary policies as of April 2017. Purdue University does not voluntarily offer undocumented student information to the United States Government. However, if required to do so, the Office of Legal Counsel would be contacted to ensure we’re only providing what’s legally necessary.

They Office of Admissions, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the current President of Purdue University, and hundreds of faculty and staff have expressed support for undocumented students. Purdue’s mission is to provide a quality education at the highest proven value. This extends to undocumented students and DACA recipients.

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