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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Whittier College

Updated: September 2014

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

 Yes

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

 Yes

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Janine Bissic
Associate Director of Admission
(562) 907-4820
jbissic@whittier.edu

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

Merit based academic scholarships (amount of monies offered range)

Talent based scholarships (audition or portfolio review in Art, Music, and Theatre)

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?

 

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?

Common Application choices are appropriate. 

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?

 Leave it blank.

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

 Yes 

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?

 No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

 No

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?

 Yes

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