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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Seattle University

Updated: June 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?


Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Monica Tafoya
Admissions Counselor
(206) 296-6971

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

All of our academic and merit based scholarships are open to undocumented students and we also offer a scholarship for underrepresented minority students that they could be eligible. 

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?

Undocumented students are not required to complete or submit any additional documents.

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?

When completing the application, we recommend that students leave that information blank. If a student has not already been in contact with an Admissions Counselor, someone from our office will contact them directly to verify that they intended to leave this information blank. This verification call allows us to be sure that we are not incorrectly tracking the applicant as an international student and helps us to provide the correct information as it pertains to the application process and merit/scholarship aid information.

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?

We recommend that they leave this information blank, as this is permitted when filling out the Common Application.

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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