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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of Illinois Springfield

Updated: November 2013

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?

Questions on the application address their status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Fernando Planas
Director of Admissions
(217) 206-4847

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

Admissions Merit Based Awards- Lincoln Awards are available. The application for undergraduate admission serves as the application for the Merit Awards. They range $2000-$8000 and are renewable for four years.

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?

The Application for Admission serves as the Merit Award 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?

Students should choose “Non-citizen – Other”. Skipping the question is not permitted.

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?

SSN question is optional.

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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