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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Transylvania University

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?

No, we would not advise the disclosure of their status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

None

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

Undocumented students are eligible for all academic scholarships at Transylvania which range from $2,000 per year to full-tuition. All are renewable for four years. This includes departmental scholarships as well.

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?

They cannot apply for need-based aid.

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?

Yes, we are a member of the Common Application and students can select “other” on the application.

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 would advise students to leave it 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

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