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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Updated: April 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?

Students will check a box on the application indicating they are “Requesting consideration under Illinois Public Law 93-0007?.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Amanda Sutton
Associate Director, Operations
(618) 536-4405

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

Undocumented Students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Students must be admitted into the University and have qualifying admission documentation on file. Academic Scholarships for freshmen are valued at $4,000 or more per year for four years. For specific scholarship information, visit

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 be able to receive need based financial aid. SIU Carbondale uses the FAFSA for financial aid eligibility.

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 will check a box on the application indicating they are “Requesting consideration under Illinois Public Law 93-0007?.

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?

This question is optional for all applicants and should be left 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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