Diversity is a core value at Illinois State University, and we welcome all applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who apply to Illinois State are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Undocumented students should follow the same application procedure as everyone else.
By applying as a student from Illinois and meeting specific criteria, undocumented students may be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. Undocumented students will be asked to complete an affidavit. The affidavit is not required for an admissions decision but is necessary to secure in-state tuition.
We do not require that undocumented students submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CSS Profile. Submitting a FAFSA would help determine the financial need of each family when being screened for a potential Illinois State departmental scholarship. The citizenship or immigration status of the parents’ does not affect the eligibility for Federal student aid. In fact, the FAFSA doesn’t even ask about your parents’ status.
The review process is the same for all students regardless of citizenship status.
State and federal laws prohibit Illinois State from awarding need-based state or federal aid to undocumented students.
Undocumented students are eligible for Illinois State departmental scholarships if they meet the scholarship's minimum requirements. Requirements will vary, and most do not require citizenship.
Illinois State's Committee Assisting Undocumented Student Achievement (CAUSA) is a student, faculty, and staff organization that seeks to promote awareness about undocumented students on campus.
Undocumented students with questions are encouraged to contact these designated staff members in the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid Office, and University College (Advising):
Assistant Director, Office of Admissions
Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Academic Advisor, University College