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Updated: October 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?

We are a common application school, which asks for citizenship information. If a student is living in the US without a green card, they can indicate that either on the Common app, in an essay, or in their counselor’s letter.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:


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

We meet 100% demonstrated need for all admitted students, including undocumented students. We do not offer merit aid.

We do not have an application fee to apply to Reed.

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?

All students are required to submit a CSS Profile to apply for financial aid. If students need a fee waiver, they may contact our financial aid office and we can give them a fee waiver code after they have submitted their Common Application.

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?

On the application, it asks students to specify which country (or countries) they hold citizenship to.

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?

Students should follow guidance from the College Board regarding social security numbers on the CSS Profile.

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?


Reed College was one of the first colleges in the nation to establish itself as a sanctuary college. We will not work with immigration officials if they come to campus. Portland is a sanctuary city as well.

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