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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of Kansas

Updated: March 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?

No, disclosing this information might keep some students from applying, especially parents who are more protective of their status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Greg Valdovino
Assistant Director for Diversity and Outreach
(785) 864-5160

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

Although our scholarships are not specifically for undocumented students, undocumented students are eligible to apply for scholarships open to all students.

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?

No, eligibility for scholarships do not require students to file a FAFSA. Univeristy scholarships are merit based and therefore do not require financial need. Undocumented students are not required to file a FAFSA unless they are applying for a needbased scholarship at which point they would submit an International Needbased Analysis Worksheet which also makes them eligible for a $2000 grant after their sophomore year.

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?

Our application includes the following questions:
Are you a US citizen?
Are you a temporary or permanent resident?
Do you have a visa?

If the student answers no to all of the questions that indicates to us that he or she is undocumented. All other students have to answer at least one of the questions.

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 do not require a social security at the time of the application. However, if a students wants to check their status online they have to provide it but we’ll indicate that on the 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?


We value any student that sets foot on the KU campus including our undocumented population. We try to create a safe and equal environment where students can learn and contribute to our academic focused campus. These students have shown great accomplishments and fit righ into our student populations and we’ll continue to provide them with the resources and opportunities to excel and succeed.

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