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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > The University of Chicago

Updated: March 2013

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?

Yes, undocumented students are welcome to share this information with us, either through their counselor recommendation or in an additional essay.

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?

Undocumented students qualify for need based aid.

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?

All students who apply, regardless of citizenship, are considered for admission to the University and for every type of private financial aid for which they may qualify. We ask that undocumented students complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.

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?

On the Common Application, students will encounter a question that asks for Citizenship Status, students may leave this section blank or answer with the “non-citizen” option.

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?

Undocumented students may leave the question regarding social security number blank.

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

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

The University of Chicago has, from its inception, been a place where the best and brightest minds from around the world can gather to shape ideas, produce new knowledge, and contribute to the betterment of human life. Our community has been deliberately inclusive, because it is from the widest possible range of perspectives and viewpoints that the most innovative ideas can be proposed, tested, and debated. We are committed to assembling a community of talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, financial circumstances, or national origins.

In this context, the University of Chicago considers for admission students from around the world. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship, are considered for admission to the University and for every type of private financial aid for which they may qualify. In accordance with the law, the University admits, enrolls, and applies similar private aid policies to our undocumented students.

Undocumented students with question about the admissions process should contact their regional counselor for assistance.

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