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, or by personal contact with their admission counselor.
Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:
Assistant Director of Admission
Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
Merit based aid:
Academic scholarships range from $14,000-$20,000 and are awarded at the time of admission, based on a student’s GPA, standardized test score and essay.
Weninger and Pro Scholarships: These scholarships, which recognize diversity in all forms, require a separate application (due February 1 of a student’s senior year). The amount of these awards vary, and can be stacked with a student’s academic scholarship.
St. Francis Xavier Scholarships: These are our top academic awards, and students who qualify to compete for them generally score at least a 31 ACT (1380 SAT) and are in the top 5% of their classes. The St. Francis Xavier Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition award (we award 6).
More merit based awards can be found at www.xavier.edu/scholarships.
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?
We do not award need-based assistance to undocumented students.
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?
They can leave the question blank on the paper application, or check “international freshman” on the online 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?
Students can leave the SSN field blank on either the paper or online application.
Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?
Yes. We do not assess an application fee for any student applying online (our application or the Common Application). We encourage all students to apply online.
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?