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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of St. Francis

Updated: February 2015

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?

I would advise that we have a one on one conversation either over the phone or in person so that all parties know that they are in a safe place and explain to them the entire process in their eyes.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Eric Ruiz
Associated Director of Admissions/Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Initiatives
(815) 740-5070

Please also look at our Undocumented/DREAMer/DACA webpage at:

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

Merit Based Aid (Annually):

Presidential Scholarship – Up to $15,000 – Based on GPA and ACT
Trustee Scholarship – Up to $12,000 – Based on GPA and ACT
Franciscan Fellows Scholarship – Up to $8,500 – Based on GPA and ACT
USF Scholars Award – Up to Full Tuition – Presidential Recipients
Duns Scotus Scholarship – $1,000 + 10% Room & Board – Presidential Recipients
Biology Fellows Scholarship – $3,000 – Presidential Recipients and Biology/Environmental Science Majors
Music Scholarship – $100 – $2,500 – Audition
Art Scholarship – Awards Vary – Portfolio Review
Catholic School Scholarship – $3,000
Athletic Scholarship – Awards Vary
Alumni Legacy Scholarship – $300 – $700
Family Discount – 5% Discount

Need Based Aid:

USF Grant – Amounts Vary

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?

If we are knowledgeable that they cannot complete the FAFSA we do not make them apply for the FAFSA but we do try to gather their financial information and complete our own internal form so that we can figure out what their financial need is to try to give them a USF Grant – up to $10,950.

We take it on a case by case basis and try to help out the student to the best that we can, of course it is also based on their merits and how interested they are in USF. If they do have a high need, we will do everything we can to try to find more institutional grants to help the student 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?

There isn’t a question about citizenship; just a question on country the student was born.

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?

Regardless of whether the student is a DREAMer, Undocumented or has DACA status when it asks for social security number they just need to put in “000-00-0000.” and it will continue on.

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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