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Updated: May 2017

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, either would be appropriate.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Raashon Daniels
Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment

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

Presidential Leadership Awards
• Ranging from $5,000/year – $20,000 per year for incoming freshman and transfer students renewable with 3.0 GPA.
• Presidential Leadership Award honorees will have demonstrated solid academic performance, depth of Christian faith, and exceptional leadership capabilities. These highly selective scholarships reward incoming Wheaton students for their ability to lead the campus community in Kingdom priorities.

Arthur Holmes Faith Award
• 3.7 unweighted high school GPA and minimum ACT score of 32 or a minimum score of  1450 on the revised SAT
• No separate application.
• Must take SAT by January and/or ACT by February. Note: If you register for January or February test dates, please request that the scores be sent to Wheaton College at the time you register for the test.
• Award notification with acceptance letter.

National Merit Scholarship
• $1,000 for incoming freshmen (renewable up to 4 years)
• National Merit finalists listing Wheaton as first choice college
• Take PSAT in junior year; student must identify self to Admissions Office as a semi-finalist.

Alvaro L. Nieves Scholarship
• Full tuition, room and board
• Offered to two incoming Latino students per year
• Recipients are selected on the basis of academic standing and scholarship essays.
• Requires separate application.

President’s Achievement Award
• $1,000 per year (may increase to $2,000 based on financial need)
• Freshmen named finalist in the Hispanic Scholar Recognition program or the National Achievement program through the PSAT exam are eligible for this award.

Special Achievement Award in Music
• $1,000 – $5,000
• Students enrolled in Conservatory of Music.
• Selection on basis of audition.

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?

To be considered for need-based financial aid at Wheaton College, students must complete and submit both a FAFSA application and an institutional financial aid application. Unfortunately, there is not a substitute for the FAFSA application, so undocumented students are not eligible for need-based financial aid. Students, regardless of citizenship status, are welcome to contact our Financial Aid Office at (800) 362 – 2674 for financial advising.

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?

Yes, there is an “Other (Non-U.S)” choice on the online application. On the paper application, the student can write in “non-citizen”, “Other (Non-U.S.)”, or leave the question 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?

A student can leave the social security number blank, which is permitted when submitting an online application.

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?


Rigorous academics. Steadfast faith. A grace-filled community. These are the hallmarks that students bring to our campus, as they bring their talents and gifts – who they are – to our community intent on living, growing, and learning as God desires.

We welcome undocumented applicants who evidence a lively and vital Christian faith, high academic ability, social concern, as well as moral character and personal integrity.

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