Application Instructions for Undocumented Students

NIU welcomes undocumented students. If you meet certain qualifications, you don't need to provide a Social Security number when you apply. Start by going to Undergraduate Admissions to begin an application for admission. Refer to the following guidelines when filling out the application.

Citizenship Questions

You don't need to provide a Social Security number when you apply if you can answer "no" to these questions on the application:

  • Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • Are you a lawful U.S. permanent resident?
  • Do you currently hold a valid U.S. visa or another valid immigration status? (DACA IDs do not qualify.)
  • Are you seeking a visa to study in the U.S.?

Residency Questions

The Office of the Bursar provides current tuition rates. You'll pay the domestic student tuition rate if you can answer "yes" to these questions on the application:

  • Did you/will you graduate from a U.S. high school or obtain a GED in the U.S.?
  • Did you/will you attend school in the U.S. for at least three years as of the date you graduated or the date you received the equivalent of a high school diploma? (Attendance doesn't have to be consecutive. Transcripts are required.)
  • Did you/will you live with your parents while you attended high school in the U.S.?

Illinois residents may be eligible for additional funding and support programs. You may qualify as an Illinois resident if you can answer "yes" to the above questions for Illinois in particular, instead of the U.S. in general.

Contact Us

Office of Undocumented Student Support
Northern Illinois University
Campus Life Building 230
545 Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115
undocumented@niu.edu

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