Admission for Undocumented Students

Chicago State University (CSU) welcomes you! In Illinois, undocumented students have the same access to public colleges and universities as any other student. At CSU, we Embrace, Engage, Educate, Enlighten, and Empower every student. There has been many changes throughout the years to support undocumented students pursue their dream of continuing their education. The Latino Resource Center work very closely with the Admissions Office to guide students through this process.

The Admissions Office manages the following Undergraduate applications listed below. Undocumented students must meet the admission requirements based on the application that is submitted, regardless of citizenship or residency.

Admission Application Changes: 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.

Qualifying for In-state Tuition

The Acevedo Bill or Public Act 93-0007 or as it is commonly known, HB 0060, was passed in 2003. In order to qualify for in-state/resident tuition, a student must complete the CSU Affidavit Form and meet the following criteria:

  1. The individual had to have resided with his or her parents or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Illinois;
  2. The individual had to have graduated from a public or private high school OR received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) in Illinois;
  3. The individual had to have attended school in Illinois for at least 3 years as of the date the individual graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma;
  4. In case the individual is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, the individual has to provide the university with an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident or the United States at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so.

CSU Affidavit Form: In addition to the admission requirements, undocumented students must complete and submit the CSU Affidavit Form to the Admissions Office immediately after applying.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.

IB/AP Credits: Undocumented students can transfer IB or AP credit(s) if they meet specific criteria as listed on the credit policy guide. Students who want to know if their AP or IB credit(s) will be accepted should contact the Office of Evaluation and Advisement or contact their academic advisor.Official transcripts indicating the completion of IB coursework and/or official copies of AP exam scores from the College Board need to be submitted in order to receive college-level credit.