Undocumented Students

Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines.  As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.

campus scene of student walking through Founder's Gate

We encourage all academically accomplished students to apply for admission regardless of their citizenship status. This includes students who may have recently learned of their status during the college admission process. At Southern, we take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, meaning we consider ALL the materials in an application file. We review a student's high school transcript very closely, along with the types of courses taken and grades earned. We consider standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and the admission essay. We do not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.

Please note that The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. This means that information you provide to us to process is private and protected under the law.

Faculty and Administrative Faculty Statements of Support

Faculty Senate Resolution S-2018-10
Administrative Faculty Senate Resolution AFS-2018-1

Announcements

Institutional Aid Now Available

Dec 11, 2019: Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Spring 2020 Institutional Aid Now Available for Undocumented Students. This is a reminder that there is still time for students, regardless of their immigration status, to apply for institutional need-based aid for the spring 2020 semester. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page.

Connecticut and CSCU Support for Dreamers

  • On April 25, 2018 the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill allowing all students to apply for institutional aid regardless of immigration status.
  • On January 25, 2018, CSCU President Mark Ojakian sent an open letter to Congress regarding DACA.
  • The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System has set up a website with legal and community resources for DACA.
  • On September 6, 2017, SCSU President Joe Bertolino sent a letter to SCSU students, faculty, and staff, reminding them of campus resources to support undocumented students and reiterating the university's commitment to stand by its students.
  • On September 5, 2017, CSCU President Mark Ojakian issued a statement lamenting the elimination of DACA and urged Congress to finally take action to protect these young Americans.
  • On March 28, 2017, the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy released a Family Preparedness Plan Toolkit. The toolkits can be found in English and Spanish.