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

Updated: September 2014

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?

 Either would be fine

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

 Ken Pellegrini
Dean of Admission
kpellegr@smumn.edu

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

 Merit based aid is $10,000-$20,000 per year beginning at a 2.5 and an 18 on the ACT

Music, Theatre, Art, Leadership up to $5,000 per year

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?

 They would need to file a financial aid appeal through their admission counselor.

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

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?

 Just put zero’s

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

 Yes

If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?

 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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