If you’re a soon-to-be high school graduate, you should get ready to apply to colleges, regardless of citizenship status! According to Best Colleges, “while it is true that undocumented status limits a student’s choices, it is possible to find a college or university that accepts undocumented students and provides the sort of funding that makes attending feasible.” Here’s what any undocumented student preparing for the college admissions process should know, based on an article from Admissionado, along with additional relevant research.According to the American Immigration Counsel, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school annually in the United States. These first-generation students are known as the “1.5 generation,” most of whom have the following in common: they grew up (for the most part) in America, are fluent in English and tend to culturally identify as American. Some of these students aren’t even aware of their undocumented status until they discover it later in life after needing a social security number to do things like apply for a driver’s license or sign up for a bank account. Know that you’re not alone and that many students are going through similar experiences throughout the country!That being said, it’s important to know that two areas will be relevant to this: Country of Citizenship and your social security number. It’s recommended that students with undocumented status select the “No Selection” option for their Country of Citizenship, which will allow you to skip questions pertaining to visa status and permanent residency (those are not applicable to undocumented students). It’s also recommended that you skip the Social Security number section. Please note that you cannot use any other number, like an Individual Taxpayer Identification (ITIN) or Alien Number (given with DACA status), as a substitute for a social security number.
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