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Scholarship Info for Undocumented Students and/or Non-US Citizens

It’s never easy to apply for and win scholarships, but it’s even tougher if you’re undocumented and ineligible to apply for federal/state financial aid or scholarships requiring a Social Security number. Thankfully, there are a few helpful resources for undocumented students to help with affording higher education.

Important Tips for Undocumented Students

  • Students are not required to disclose their immigration status on college applications, which includes leaving all questions regarding citizenship status or Social Security numbers blank.
  • Undocumented students are not eligible for any federal or state financial aid, and they are also not eligible for any government-backed student loans. They should not file the FAFSA.

These tips were provided by Corrie Rosasharn of Clover Park School District (Lakewood, WA) and shared with her permission.

In-State Tuition Eligibility

One way to save on the costs of college is through paying in-state tuition at a public college or university. Depending on your residency status, you might be eligible for in-state tuition. Some states have passed legislation allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. For students in the state of Washington, visit the Washington Student Achievement Council’s website to learn if you are eligible. If you are a student attending school outside of Washington state, check FinAid.org’s helpful list to determine if you meet your state’s residency criteria.

  • Students in WA | For more on in-state tuition opportunities (often referred to as HB 1079 after the name of the house bill allowing for undocumented students in WA to pay in-state tuition), check this link, this link, and this link. You will also need to fill out this affidavit in order to pay in-state tuition.

Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students

If you’re searching for scholarship opportunities that do not require U.S. citizenship or a Social Security number, peruse the scholarship resources listed below:

Other Related Questions

Paying for college as an undocumented student can be a significant challenge and will require even harder work, greater effort, and more strategic planning than for most students, but it is still possible. If you have any other questions regarding how to pay for college as an undocumented student, feel free to ask us via our Contact page or email secrets [@] scholarshipjunkies.com. You may also contact Alejandra Perez from FeedMyCollegeFund at ale [@] feedmycollegefund.org.

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  1. ADEM January 9, 2014

    Hi EVERY SCHOLARSHIP IS FOR US CITIZEN SO WHAT non us citizens do

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    • Scholarship Junkies January 9, 2014

      Hello Adem,

      That is a good question! Not every scholarship out there is for US Citizens, and if you’d like more personalized feedback and support please contact our head of Diversity & Engagement Alejandra Perez at aperez[@]scholarshipjunkies.com

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  2. Nancy Tran February 13, 2013

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering what sites you have found useful for international students for finding & applying for scholarships.

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    • Scholarship Junkies February 14, 2013

      Hi, Nancy! That’s a great question, and honestly, we don’t have a good answer (yet). We encourage international students to also use the scholarship resources we recommend and look for scholarship opportunities that do not require citizenship or permanent residency. There may not be all that many, but we know they exist. FinAid.org also has this list, but it doesn’t look like it’s exactly what you’re looking for. We’ll do our best to find more resources for international students. Hope this helps though!

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