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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Viterbo University

Updated: January 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?

It is at the discretion of the student when and how they disclose their status. I would recommend they make their admission counselor aware at some point so they know no FAFSA will be filed by the family.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Robert Forget
Dean of Admission
(608) 796-3012

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

Yes, listed below are Viterbo University’s Scholarships and Awards for new, full-time, freshman students intending to enroll in the academic year of 2014–15. To determine your eligibility for one of the following merit based scholarships/awards, visit the Viterbo website and enter your ACT/SAT and cumulative GPA on the scholarship calculator. These scholarships are renewable for four years (beyond, on appeal).

President’s Scholarship – $13,000/year

Dean’s Scholarship – $11,000/year

Hallmark Scholarship – $9,000/year

Heritage Scholarship – $7,000/year

Viterbo Access Award – $4,000/year

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 this time, an undocumented student is only eligible for merit/talent based scholarships.

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 gives a student the option, “Non-Resident Alien.”

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 student should use all zeroes.

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?


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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