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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Utah State University

Updated: July 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?

During the application process they will be asked their status, to keep the admissions office better informed of what we can offer. We strongly encourage students to disclose their status.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

René Hernandez
First Generation/Multicultural Recruiter
(435) 797-8676

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


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?

At Utah State University we are constantly working towards improving the experience of each student and accommodating for their different circumstances. As of right now the only financial assistance available to undocumented students is the HB 144, which allows students who have attended a Utah High School for 3 years and graduated from a Utah High School to be able to receive in-state tuition.

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?

When completing the admission application the applicable choices for undocumented students are “undocumented” or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. For purposes of assisting the students and guiding them in the right direction they most answer what their status is and cannot leave it blank.

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?

The field regarding their social security number cannot be left blank. Putting in zeros is the preferred option for this field. 

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?


Utah State University continues to grow and develop its resources for First Generation Multicultural Students. Within this scope are many of the obstacles that face undocumented students and the ways to begin to solve them. Our goal is to create a stronger and better adapted campus to the changes that are constantly taking place in the nation.

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