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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Saint Mary’s College

Updated: January 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?

 Counselor recommendation

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Rita Veron
Associate Director of Admission
(574) 284-4587

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

Merit-based scholarships are based on academic performance such as GPA/Rank/ACT/SAT combination and range from $10,000 to $22,000.

Need-based aid is also available for those who qualify.

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?

Students will be automatically considered for scholarships based on their application for admission.

For need-based aid, students must complete 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?

 Yes; when completing the Common Application, students can indicate their non-US citizen status. They can also indicate that they do not have a currently valid US non-immigrant visa.

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 the SSN blank when completing the application. 

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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