An education for everyone

Washburn University was founded on the principle of a right to education for all people. Still today, we support those seeking a college education and provide opportunities regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), are treated the same as other U.S. citizens or permanent residents in Washburn’s admissions process.

Applying for admission

Undocumented students are eligible to apply for admission in the same manner as any other student seeking undergraduate admission. When completing the undergraduate application for admission, undocumented students should answer the citizenship status question by specifying ‘Other’, select the country of which they are a citizen, and answer ‘Visa type’ with the option ‘Other Visa type’.

More information on our admissions process can be found hereSome students are eligible for an application fee waiver. Learn more here.


Financial aid & scholarships

Undocumented students are fully eligible and invited to apply for any institutional scholarships, including but not limited to admissions academic and specialized scholarships, departmental scholarships, talent scholarships, and more. However, currently undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid or federal student loans through the FAFSA due to federal rule beyond Washburn’s authority.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.


Tuition

Undocumented students meeting the HB-2145 criteria are eligible to receive in-state tuition rates by completing the Kansas HB-2145 Affidavit form. This form must be notarized, meaning it must be completed in the presence of a notary (a notary is an impartial witness with authority granted by the state government to notarize documents). The Washburn University Office of Admissions can provide access to a notary free of charge.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Washburn University admits students regardless of their citizenship status and knowingly admits undocumented students. Undocumented students, with or without DACA, can follow the same application procedures for domestic students. When completing the undergraduate application for admission, undocumented students should answer the citizenship status question by specifying ‘Other’, select the country of which they are a citizen, and answer ‘Visa type’ with the option ‘Other Visa type’.  More information on our admissions process can be found on our Admissions page.

No, we accept applications from undocumented students with or without DACA status. There is no advantage in the admissions process for undocumented students with DACA status versus those without it.

The disclosure of your citizenship status will not affect your opportunity for admission in any way. It is your choice to disclose your citizenship status. However, by doing so, it may help us provide additional resources to benefit you throughout the admissions process and beyond.

While undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid through the FAFSA, they can be considered for institutional aid provided by the University including but not limited to admissions academic and specialized scholarships, departmental scholarships, talent scholarships, and more.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarships page.
No, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for undocumented students with DACA status. Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid or federal student loans through the FAFSA due to federal rule beyond Washburn’s authority. However, students with DACA status can use their Social Security Number (SSN) to complete the FAFSA to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). A SAR can help demonstrate financial need when a student is applying for institutional aid and other scholarships. DACA students should select “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen” as a response to the “Are you a citizen?” question on the FAFSA.
No, your parents’ citizenship status will not affect your financial aid eligibility at Washburn University and you are eligible to fill out the FAFSA. For more information see Federal Student Aid's FAQs for DACA students with social security numbers.
Undergraduate students may contact the Office of Admissions via email or at 785.670.1030.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Admissions

Washburn University Admissions
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
785.670.1030
admissions@washburn.edu

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