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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Saint Xavier University

Updated: April 2013

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?

Students do not need to disclose their status in their application to Saint Xavier.

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?

Students who are offered admission to Saint Xavier University as first-year college students are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship which is based upon a student’s cumulative GPA, class rank (if applicable) and test scores. Students may also apply for the following scholarships, regardless of status: Art Scholarship, Catholic High School Scholarship Competition, Music Scholarship, and talent scholarships for athletics.

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?

The only need-based form that a student would file for Saint Xavier is the FAFSA. Saint Xavier also offers a ten-month payment plan in which students can pay their balance in equal, monthly interest-free payments throughout the school year.

Students can also contact their admission counselor for more information regarding scholarships for undocumented students.

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?

Students can select the following option on their application: I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

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 without a social security number can leave this section blank.

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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