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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Trinity University (Texas)

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?

It is helpful for context but unnecessary to do so.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Eric Maloof
Director of International Admissions

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

Trinity University (TX) meets 100% demonstrated need for those undocumented students who gain admission. The process, however, is need sensitive, which means the more financial aid a student requests, the more difficult attaining admission becomes. The process is identical for undocumented students as it is for international students.

For those undocumented applicants who do not need financial aid, they will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships similar to those offered for US citizens.

The financial aid form which should be files is the International Student Application for Financial Aid, which is a part of the application process. The form can be found for free on Trinity’s website.

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 who apply for financial aid through the ISFAA (International Student Application for Financial Aid). We do, however accept any financial aid applications the applicant has filled out.

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?


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 – if permitted to do so.

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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