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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of Illinois at Chicago

Updated: August 2018

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 complete an affidavit for in state tuition (IL DREAM ACT eligible).

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Tanya Cabrera
Assistant Vice Provost of Student Inclusion
(312) 355-0011

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?

Additional scholarships are available to students after completion of two semesters (1yr.) through SNaP scholarship database within UIC.

DREAM.UIC.EDU – DREAM U.S. Scholarship partner, $29,000 for transfer students only.

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, through the common 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?

A student should enter 000-00-0000.

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


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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