Frequently Asked Questions to Applying to College for Undocumented Students
1. Although I meet all the requirements as an SB 1528 student, I called the University I wish to attend to inquire about admission and the person whom I spoke to said I wasn't eligible to attend because I am undocumented. Is this true?
If the University/College you are calling is a public Texas college or university and you meet the requirements under SB 1528, then NO the person you spoke to is incorrect and you are eligible to apply! Unfortunately, many people are still unaware that this law exists, and students are still given false information when they inquire about admission. If this happens to you, remind the person that the state of Texas passed a law that allows you to attend school. Also, request to speak to the admissions counselor who handles students under SB 1528. If this person refuses to comply call the school back at a later time. If the admissions office continues to be uncooperative, contact the offices of Representative Rick Noriega at (512) 463-0732, or email us through the Contact Us tab at the top and we will help you resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
2. The residency questionnaire asks if I am a Texas resident, but I am not a US citizen or a legal permanent resident although I have lived in Texas for many years, what should I put?
If you are not a legal permanent resident or a US citizen but have lived in Texas for the last year, graduated from a Texas high school, and were enrolled in a Texas high school at least three years prior to graduation, then you qualify as a Texas resident for tuition purposes and must answer YES to this question. This question is solely to determine if you are eligible for in-state tuition, and does not change your legal status.
3. My teacher/counselor says that it is easier if I fill out my FAFSA online and not to fill out a paper one.
If you are an undocumented student DO NOT FILL OUT YOUR FAFSA ONLINE. You must fill out a PAPER FAFSA that you can download here or at www.fafsa.ed.gov or obtain one from a college or university. If anyone tells you to fill it out online, they are mistaken. Tell the person that you need a paper application.
4. The FAFSA asks if I am a legal permanent resident or a US citizen. What should I answer if I am neither?
Answer the question honestly and put "no" if you are neither, but continue to fill out the application despite what the instructions say. When you are finished, add a post it to the application that states "SB 1528 student."
5. I am reading the instructions to fill out my FAFSA, and they state that if I am not a US citizen or a legal resident that I am not eligible to apply. I'm confused. What should I do?
Continue to fill out the application. You are still eligible to receive state aid despite what the application says. The application was not designed specifically for students under SB 1528, which is why it can be confusing at times.
6. I am finally filling out my FAFSA but don't have a social security number and my parents don't either. What should I put when they ask me for our numbers?
When it asks for your and your parents' social security number, you can put your Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) in its place. Ask your parents if you have one. If not, you can put all Zeros in its place. If the university/college gives you a student id number, you can enter this number in place of a social security number.