Admission & Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students
Wesleyan has a rich history and tradition of providing access to underrepresented students from all backgrounds and has long been a leader in diversity efforts. The University strives to provide a welcoming community for all students and holds as essential values inclusion, tolerance, and equal opportunity. In that spirit, Wesleyan welcomes all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who apply to Wesleyan are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident in their high school.
Applications from undocumented students are reviewed in the same process and manner as those of domestic applicants. Students can apply using the Common Application, a QuestBridge application (in either the College Match process or as a Regular or Early Decision candidate), and beginning in 2017 the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success application. Click here for more information about QuestBridge, and here for the Coalition.
Wesleyan meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students who applied for financial aid during the admission process. Undocumented students are considered for need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented students, institutional funding is used in its place.
Financial Aid Application Process for Undocumented Students
The financial aid process for undocumented students is similar to the process for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; however, the federal FAFSA application is waived for undocumented students.
- Complete the College Board's CSS Profile application. Check the College Board for information on fee waivers.
- If your parents file taxes, send required financial documents directly to IDOC, the College Board's online document imaging system.
- If your parents do not file or will not file taxes, they should complete a Nontax Filer Statement (found on the IDOC website) and send it directly to IDOC.
- Complete your financial aid application on time! Deadlines vary for Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Transfer students. Visit our Financial Aid website for more information.
Undocumented Students FAQ:
- I am an undocumented student interested in applying to Wesleyan as a first-year or transfer student. How does the application process work for me?
Wesleyan welcomes applications from any student regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students (with or without DACA) should follow the same application procedures as domestic applicants, and can use the Common Application, the QuestBridge application, and starting in 2017 the Coalition for Access application. Our application requirements can be found here.
- Beyond need-based financial aid, am I eligible for merit scholarships?
Wesleyan University does not offer merit scholarships except for the Freeman Asian Scholars program and the Hamilton Prize for Creativity. Otherwise, financial aid is provided on the basis of financial need. Wesleyan University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted applicants, including undocumented applicants, who indicated at time of admission that they were seeking financial aid. There are a number of foundations and organizations that provide outside scholarships for undocumented students. For a list, please visit: https://hsf.net/en/resources/for-students/for-dreamers.
- Do I have to have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status to apply to Wesleyan?
We review applications from undocumented students with or without DACA status. If you are interested in applying for DACA status, there are various online resources and community organizations that provide useful information:
- Am I eligible for financial aid at Wesleyan as an undocumented student?
Yes. Wesleyan University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students who applied for financial aid during the admission process. Undocumented students are considered for need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented students, institutional funding is used in its place.
- How does the financial aid process work for undocumented students?
Because undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, Wesleyan offers need-based institutional financial aid. To be considered for aid, students must complete the College Board CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS) and submit their parents’ income tax returns, if available. If your parents do not file taxes, you can submit a Nontax Filer Statement.
For more information on the financial aid process, requirements and deadlines, visit the Wesleyan Office of Financial Aid site.
- I am an undocumented student with DACA status. Can I submit a FAFSA?
No, the FAFSA is not required for undocumented students with or without DACA status.
- What financial information or documents do my parents have to provide?
Whether or not your parents file taxes, you must provide your parents’ financial information on the CSS Profile application. An undocumented student whose parents file taxes can complete the CSS Profile by using the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If your parents will not file taxes or do not have an ITIN, use “000-00-0000” in place of a Social Security Number on the CSS Profile application.
- My parents are undocumented and I am applying for financial aid. Will my financial aid be affected by my parents' status?
No, your parents’ citizenship status will not affect your financial aid eligibility. In addition to the financial information on the CSS Profile application, you will need to submit other financial documents to be considered for Wesleyan need-based financial aid. If your parents file taxes, you will need to submit your parent’s tax returns and W-2 income statements via IDOC, the College Board’s document imaging system.. If your parents do not file taxes, you can submit a Nontax Filer Statement via IDOC.
- Do I qualify for work-study as an undocumented student?
Undocumented students demonstrating financial need are eligible for non-federal work-study jobs on campus. Undocumented students with employment authorization may be able to find on and off campus employment.
- As an undocumented student, should I apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?
You can apply under any admissions round (Early Decision I or II, Regular Decision, Transfer, QuestBridge College Match) regardless of citizenship status. The QuestBridge College Match and Early Decision are binding processes in which you agree to enroll if admitted. Because Wesleyan meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, applying Early Decision or Regular Decision will not affect the amount of financial aid you receive.