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Updated: November 2017

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?

No, not that specific information is necessary.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Mike Drish
Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admission

UCLA Undocumented Student Program

UC Undocumented Student Resources

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

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 would complete the California Dream Act 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 UC Application undocumented students have the option to choose “No Selection.” This option is considered a valid response and the UC recommends this choice for undocumented applicants, including those with DACA status. By choosing “No Selection,” students avoid being asked other questions about permanent residency and visa status that are not applicable to them.

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?

If a student does not have a valid SSN, SSN for work purposes, or ITIN, they are advised to leave this item blank.  So yes, a blank field is permitted on the UC Application.

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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