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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Western Michigan University

Updated: May 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?

Absolutely! It helps us identify and better help them in multiple ways.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Erasmo Salinas
Assistant Director of Admission
(269) 387-2013

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

ALL institutional Academic Scholarships are open to this population. If they meet the criteria, they will be considered and/or awarded.

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?

Unfortunately that is unavailable. However, they must connect with the above mentioned Admissions contact representative who can figure out how to get them additional free money.

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?

Are you a U.S. Citizen? (select NO)

Blank fields on the application on not permitted. This population is highly encouraged to submit a paper 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?

Simply leave it blank or enter 000-00-0000

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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