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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Rhodes College

Updated: January 2014

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 advise students to disclose their status. Our admission counselors can best advise the student during the application process and on financial issues when we are aware of their legal status.

Is there a contact person in the Office of Admissions who is knowledgeable of the issues faced by undocumented students and can serve as resource person for students, parents and counselors?

Katie Frink
Regional Director of Admission
(901) 843-3281

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

All applicants, including undocumented students, are considered for general merit-based scholarships that range from $18,000 up to full tuition.  Criteria varies depending on the applicant pool each year, but typically the top third of our applicant pool is eligible for scholarship consideration.

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 encourage all of our applicants, including our undocumented students, to apply for institutional funding via the CSS Profile. Need-based institutional funding for undocumented students is in the form of a Rhodes grant.  All applicants, regardless of citizenship, are considered for general merit-based scholarships.

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 use the Common Application. The online Common Application offers a choice for “other” and then requests that the student selects the country of their citizenship. Undocumented students may list the country where they do have citizenship or “stateless.”

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?

Undocumented students may list zeros or leave the question blank.

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


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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