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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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?

It is not necessary for an undocumented student to disclose this on the application.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Flora Stapel
Admissions Counselor
(920) 424-0864

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

We have one that a very high achieving document student could apply for. It is called the Diversity Honors scholarship.

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?

We do not have an institution application; N/A

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 UW System online application, there is a question such as, “Are you a US Citizen?”. When the undocumented student selects “No” they are moved forward on the 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?

When the student fills out the online application and selects non-citizen, the student should not have to enter in anything in the Social Security portion.

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?


Undocumented students applying to UW Oshkosh would have to fill out a few additional forms: The UW System Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident. A decision would be made by a committee at UW Oshkosh; our undocumented students are typically high achieving students.

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