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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Rockford University

Updated: January 2015

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

 Yes

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

 We recommend the student disclose this information verbally to their admission counselor.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Rebecca Rose
Assistant Director of Admission
(815) 226-4050
rrose@rockford.edu

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

Presidential Scholarship award amounts are up to full tuition; limited to 10 students per year.

Requirements:

3.65 minimum GPA, 29 minimum ACT/SAT equivalent, recipients must live on campus.
First-Year Students
•3.65 minimum GPA
•29 minimum ACT/SAT equivalent
•Recipients must live on campus

Transfer Students
•3.65 minimum GPA
•29 minimum ACT/SAT equivalent
• 30 completed college credits
•Recipients must live on campus

Trustee Scholarship award amounts are up to $20,000; limited to 10 students per year.

First-Year Students
• 3.50 minimum GPA
• 27 minimum ACT/SAT equivalent
• Recipients must live on campus

Transfer Students
• 3.50 minimum GPA
• 30 completed college credits
• Recipients must live on campus

Dean’s Scholarship award amounts are up to $15,000; limited to 25 students per year.

First-Year Students
• 3.35 minimum GPA
• 25 minimum ACT/SAT equivalent

Transfer Students
• 3.35 minimum GPA
• 12 completed college credits

The Presidential, Trustee, and Dean’s Scholarships are awarded each fall to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full time. Deadlines for these scholarships are late January.

Academic Excellence Scholarships, Founders, Recognition, and Regent Awards are given each fall and spring to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full-time. These scholarships are awarded at the point of admission.

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?

 Currently, all need based assistance requires filing the FAFSA.

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?

 The online application will allow for the student to not answer ths question.

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?

 Please use zeros. This cannot be left blank on the online application.

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

 Yes

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?

 No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

 No

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?

Yes

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