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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Smith College

Updated: April 2016

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?

Yes. In the spirit of having a comprehensive picture of the student’s background and experiences, we would encourage disclosure by the student and/or others — counselor, CBO staff — who are advising her.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Karen Kristof
Senior Associate Director of Admission
(413) 585-2500

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

Undocumented students are eligible for institutional, need-based aid. We meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students who apply for financial aid by the published deadlines.

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 CSS Profile is required.

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?

Non-citizen or Other is fine.

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 it blank. We can process applications without social security numbers.

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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