Undocumented Student Resources

Welcome to Chicago State University (CSU)! This page was created to ensure that all undocumented students pursuing higher education have the necessary resources and tools to succeed at CSU. CSU welcomes all students regardless of citizenship or residency. We value the diversity our students bring and we strive to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all students. Undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities have a safe space at CSU. As a student you have the right to privacy that is protected by law (FERPA). 

Since 2003 (passing of House Bill 0060), the Latino Resource Center (LRC) has been working with campus community, community organizations, and institutions to provide accurate and current information for undocumented students, their families, and allies. Below you will find a listing of resources regarding enrollment, scholarships, safe spaces, student organizations, and more. For additional questions, contact the LRC directly. 

Internal Resources

  • House Bill 0060: In 2003, the State of Illinois passed bill HB0060, making instate tuition available for undocumented youth at public colleges and universities. In order to qualify for in-state tuition at CSU, students must meet specific criteria and submit an Affidavit Form. The Affidavit Form does not impact your admission decision. 
  • Admissions Application: The LRC collaborated with the Admissions Office to make changes to the admission application. Undocumented students now have the opportunity to submit an application without providing a social security number. A social security number is not required to apply or be admitted to CSU. 
  • CSU Affidavit Form: This is an oath made in writing stating that the student meets the admissions conditions and will apply for legal residency as soon as they are eligible to do so. The affidavit is kept confidential by CSU. The student who fails to file an affidavit will be charged out-of-state tuition. The CSU Affidavit Form is submitted to the Admissions Office immediately after applying to CSU. 
  • IB/AP Credits: Undocumented students can transfer IB or AP credits if they meet specific criteria as listed on the credit policy guide. 
  • Student Organizations In collaboration with the LRC, there is a student support group specifically created with the purpose to educate students, staff, and faculty about the DREAM Act, to advocate at CSU for the DREAM Act and to facilitate D.R.E.A.Mer students identify resources that will assist them complete their degree and successfully progress in their careers. Most importantly, they are here to welcome, support, encourage and advocate for other D.R.E.A.Mers. Join the D.R.E.A.M.ers and Allies Student Organization!
  • Creating Safe Spaces: In collaboration with the D.R.E.A.M.ers and Allies Student Organization and ICIRR, the LRC offers training to the campus community to promote awareness and educate professionals on how to work and support undocumented students. As part of the training, allies are given the CSU version of Dreamers Welcome display card to hang in their respective areas as well as a Certificate of Completion. The Dreamers Welcome card represents safe spaces and knowledgeable allies ready to assist. 
  • Campus Support: All undocumented students have the same right as others to utilize the services offered by professionals on campus. You too have access to tutors, the library, student activities, the fitness center and more!
  • ScholarshipsA scholarship database has been created specifically for undocumented students to utilize. There are many scholarships you can apply for to alleviate the financial stress. Every scholarship on the list has specific requirements. Some are based on financial need or are merit-based (academic potential or talent in a particular field). Please note, not all scholarships are offered by CSU. If you find a scholarship opportunity you wish to pursue, make sure to follow the instructions of the grantor of that scholarship to ensure the processing of your application. Tips on how to apply to scholarship can be found here.    
  • Counseling Center: Counseling is provided to all students. Confidentiality is honored despite of your citizenship status. Staffed by licensed mental health professionals, the Counseling Center offers individual counseling, crisis counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, academic counseling, and career counseling. Staff will work collaboratively with you to identify steps that you can take to address any personal, interpersonal, career, and academic concerns you may have.
  • Student Health Insurance: Students enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) who do not have health insurance must purchase the mandatory insurance provided through the university. Students must complete and submit an online enrollment form to activate coverage after enrollment. Payment and coverage is per semester. 

Response to President's Announcement on Sept. 5, 2017: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

  • On September 5, 2017, nearly 800,000 immigrant youth were affected by the President's announcement; including 42,000 in Illinois. The President announced the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was a program launched by the Obama Administration  in 2012 to protect immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation and to allow them to work, and continue their education. For more information about the announcement click here: Announcement
  • The Latino Resource Center is a safe space to visit for questions and resources. Undocumented students are not alone at CSU. Allies across campus have the CSU version of Dreamers Welcome display card in their respective areas. The Dreamers Welcome card represents safe spaces and knowledgeable allies ready to assist.  
  • Do not be afraid to seek help. The Counseling Center is a resource. Confidentiality is honored despite of your citizenship status. Staffed by licensed mental health professionals, the Counseling Center offers individual counseling, crisis counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, academic counseling, and career counseling. Staff will work collaboratively with you to identify steps that you can take to address any personal, interpersonal, career, and academic concerns you may have.
  • What you need to know after DACA: English or Spanish
  • Paying for DACA Renewal Fees: This is a list for Illinois DACA recipients looking for assistance in paying the USCIS fee of $495 to renew DACA if eligible for renewal.
  • DACA information Sessions and Renewal Workshops: View a calendar of upcoming DACA sessions offered by ICIRR.
  • DACA Renewal Clinics: Clinics offered by NIJC
  • FAQs: DACA Termination 
  • FAQs: DACA Rescission and Workplace Rights 
  • Take Action: Ways to Support 

External Resources

Community Partners and Organizations

*DISCLAIMER: The information presented on this page is general and for informational purposes.  CSU does not constitute legal advice. Immigration questions should be directed to a licensed immigration attorney. Information provided on this page is subject to change at any time. Updates will be provided when possible, but faculty, staff and students should continue to update and educate themselves concerning the topics covered within.