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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > The University of Tulsa

Updated: November 2014

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?

Yes, they may disclose their status several ways. First, there are a series of questions on the TU application which allow a student to indicate that they are an undocumented student. They may also wish to disclose this information via essay, counselor recommendation, or by speaking directly with the admission counselor.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Barbara Adkins
Dean of Admission
(918) 631-2307

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

All students who are admitted through domestic undergraduate admissions, including undocumented students, are considered for university merit scholarships. The amounts range from $3,000 up to tuition and are based on all of the factors in the student’s application file. We do not take into consideration a student’s financial need. We also offer scholarships for theater, music and art.

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 a CSS or additional form for need based grants. If the student has financial need, they should contact their admission counselor.

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?

 We have a series of questions on the application which will ask about citizenship and status, without the student needing to come out and say they are an undocumented student. These questions will indicate to the Admission Office that the student is applying as a domestic undocumented student.

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?

 Please leave the social security number blank. The student will be able to complete the online application without it.

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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