Undocumented Student Information

Information for Undocumented Students

Carroll College supports the efforts of all students in their goal of obtaining a higher education degree.  While undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, Carroll offers undocumented students who've been accepted for admission the opportunity to receive institutional financial aid. Students accepted for admission are evaluated for eligibility to receive institutional merit and need-based financial aid.  Merit awards are offered to both incoming freshman and transfer students.  Freshman merit awards are determined based upon the applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores.  Transfer student merit awards are determined based upon the applicant's academic based college GPA.  Carroll College scholarships and grants are available for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.  Post-baccalaureate degrees do not qualify for Carroll gift aid.

2024-2025 Academic Awards

New Freshman Students
Scholarship Level Amount
Bishop Carroll Scholarship $25,000
Presidential Scholarship $23,000
Trustee Scholarship $21,000
All Saints Award $19,000
Founders Award $17,000

Bishop Carroll, Presidential, Trustee, All Saints, and Founders Scholarships/Awards are offered up to four consecutive years of study. Students must be in good academic standing and be enrolled full-time and remain a campus resident to retain the award.

Carroll College's commitment as a residential college is affirmed by its policy of awarding financial aid that is intended to assist with direct cost for tuition, fees, college-owned housing, and board.  If a student is approved to live off campus or does not enroll in campus housing, Carroll College merit scholarships will be reduced by $4,000.

As part of the application to Carroll College, incoming freshman students are automatically considered for one of our Freshman Merit Awards.  These awards are based upon the student's cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores. To obtain an estimated merit award, use the Net Price Calculator Tool. Institutional gift aid is available for fall and spring semesters only and is not available for study abroad programs. 

Transfer Merit Scholarships 2023-2024
Type Amount Requirement
Presidential Scholarship $19,000 3.50-4.00 College GPA
Trustee Scholarship $17,000 3.00-3.49 College GPA
All Saints Award $15,000 2.50-2.99 College GPA

Transfer Associates Award

New transfer students who have successfully completed at least two full-time semesters at a 2 year college (community, technical, tribal) and have a minimum college GPA of 2.50 qualify for a $2,000 per year award.  The award is offered for up to 4 consecutive full-time years.  Students must be in good academic standing and be enrolled full-time to retain the award. Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.  

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

New transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible for an additional $2,000 scholarship. Dual enrollment high school students are not eligible.   Students must indicate membership in Phi Theta Kappa on their transfer application for admission.  The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship may be combined with other institutional scholarships and need-based grants.  Students must be in good academic standing and be enrolled full-time to retain the award.  Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.

2024-2025 Need-Based Grants

Undocumented students are not currently eligible for any federal aid and must NOT file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  However, students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for additional institutional need-based aid resources.  Undocumented students who have been accepted for admission must complete a paper Undocumented Student Financial Aid Form in order for the Financial Aid Director to determine financial need.  Upon receipt of the completed form, the Financial Aid Director will prepare a financial aid award letter outlining the financial aid resources available to the student.  Students must be in good academic standing and be enrolled full-time to retain need-based grants. Receipt of athletic and/or activity scholarships will reduce or may cancel need-based grants.

Additional Resources

NASFAA Tip sheet for undocumented students
Undocumented students face unique challenges in their quest to obtain a postsecondary education.  This tip sheet is designed to help students with some of the pressing questions they have while contemplating whether or not they can enroll in school.

Scholarship Information
Students can apply for any scholarship that does not require U.S. citizenship and/or state residency.  Even if the application asks for a social security number, it is wise to ask whether an Individual Taxpayer Number (ITIN) will be sufficient.  (See how to obtain an ITIN).

National Scholarships

  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - Application 
    Eligibility: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students
    Visit the Ayn Rand website for additional application information.
  • La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship - Application 
    Eligibility: Hispanic undergraduate applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale.  Must have completed at least one full-time year of study for undergraduate applicants.  Visit the La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship page for more details.
  • Golden Door Scholars - 
    Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Applicants can be current high-school students or recent graduates not enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program. Community college students are welcome to apply. Visit the Golden Doors website for additional information.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Scholarship-
    Eligibility: Be a current student in an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution.  A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, demonstrate significant unmet financial need, have not previously been a recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer scholarship.  Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship website for additional information.
  • Elie Weisel Prize in Ethics Foundation Essay Contest - Ethics Contest will begin in early September.  Please visit the Elie Weisel Foundation for Humanity for application information.
    Eligibility: The contest is open to registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors attending an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.  The essay must be the original, unpublished work of the student.  Only one essay per student, per year may be submitted.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund - visit the HSF website for application details. 
    General Eligibility Requirements: Must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), DACA applicants  who do not complete the FAFSA, however, must submit household income information; Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent); Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident cart or passport stamped I-551; Be pursuing, or plan to pursue, your first undergraduate degree or graduate degree; Plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S.. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam in the upcoming academic year.   
  • Point Foundation College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students - Visit the Point Foundation website for additional information.  Eligibility: Undocumented students are eligible to apply, visit the website for additional eligibility requirements.
  • Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship- 
    Eligibility: The purpose of this scholarship is to serve as a living tribute to Frank Kazmierczak, a long time migrant educator, by offering an annual award in the amount of $1,000 for post-secondary scholarship assistance to a migrant student who wishes to pursue a degree in education.  Candidates must be a child of a migrant worker or a migrant worker, teaching as a career goal, scholastic achievement, and financial need.  Visit the Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Scholarship website for additional application information.
  • Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship -  
    Eligibility: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college or university.  Self or parent currently or formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant, community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes, minimum GPA 3.0, financial need.  Visit the Asian Pacific Fund website for additional scholarship information.
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists -Visit the National Association of Hispanic Journalists website.
    Eligibility: Commitment to the field of journalism, students must demonstrate a sincere desire to pursue a career in the field of journalism.  This applies to students who are planning careers in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast or online media.  Academic achievement, financial need, awareness of community. 
  • Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund - Application Deadline: April 15 annually.  
    Eligibility: The purpose of the Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund is to assist financially those migrant youth who have the potential and the desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals.  Eligible applicants must be entering in or enrolled in college or other types of post-secondary programs, high school dropouts or potential high school dropouts.  Visit the Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund website for additional information.
  • Great Minds in Stem Heenaac Awards - Visit the Great Minds in Stem website.
    Eligibility: HENAAC applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities; must be science, technology, engineering or math related majors; must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher; recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university in the U.S. or its territories; must be Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.
  • Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program- Visit the Aurthur J. Gallagher website. 
    Eligibility: The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program has provided more than 60 outstanding students with the financial assistance they need to pursue their health-related career.  Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of Undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered and teh amount of each scholarship.  Eligibility Criteria: undergraduate stduent at an accredited institution, pursuing a health-related career, beginning the 3rd or 4th year of a 4-year program, volunteer with community service/campus service organizations, demonstrate a strong dedication to health care field, minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrated financial need.  
  • SHPE Foundation Scholarship Program- Visit the SHPE Foundation website. 
    Eligibility: The SHPE Scholarship Program exists to support Hispanic students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Merit-based and need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to Hispanic students who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for education and careers in STEM fields.  Eligibility requirements differ for each scholarship.  However, the undergraduate GPA requirement is 2.75, the graduate GPA requirement is 3.0.  Student must be enrolled in a full-time program(12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate) in a science, technology, engineering, or math degree program.  Applicants must be members of SHPE. 

Federal Executive Order: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information

Federal Executive Order: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  For information on DACA initiated in 2012, by President Barak Obama, go to the DACA website.

Legal Resources for Immigration Issues

There are a number of public legal resources where students and parents may obtain information about immigration laws.

  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
    Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.  By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian  American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.  Visit the AALDEF website for more information
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC)
    APALC is the nation's largest legal organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.  Their mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build a coalition to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.  They currently serve more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year.  Visit the APALC website for more information.
  • Central American Resource Center- Centro De Recursos Centroamericanos (CARECEN)
    CARCEN was founded by a group of Salvadoran refugees whose mission was to secure legal status for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil war, CARECEN received 503C(3) status in 1983. Over the past 25 years, CARECEN has transformed itself from a small grassroots group to the largest Central American organization in the country.  Its clients have similarly changed from refugees fleeing war, to families who have put down roots in the U.S. and are building vibrant lives for themselves and their children.  Visit the CARCEN website for more information.
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
    CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.  Visit the CHIRLA website for more information.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
    MALDEF was founded in 1968 and it's the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.  Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community", MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.  Visit the MALDEF website for more information.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
    The NILC was founded in 1979 and is the only nation legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.  They envision a U.S. society in which all people-regardless of their race, gender, immigration or economic status-are treated equally, fairly, and humanely, have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities, and are able to achieve their full potential as human beings.  Policymakers, community organizers, legal advocates, and the media recognize National Immigration Law Center staff as experts on a wide range of issues that affect the lives of immigrants in the U.S., and frequently call upon the NILC to explain real-life impact of immigration-related laws and policies.  Visit the NILC website for more information.
  • National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA)
    The mission of the The National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA)is to ensure the human rights and dignity of Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian peoples.  They advocate for unity through diversity via legal defense civil rights; responsible media coverage and depiction; proactive collaboration with governmental and non-governmental institutions; and fostering education and community outreach.  The vision of the NLSCA is a society where the humanity of each individual is liberated in the pursuit of peace and equity for all.  Visit the NLSCA website for more information.
  • Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
    SALEF was founded in 1995 in Los Angeles by a group of Salvadoran and Salvadoran American activists. SALEF's mission is to advocate for the educational advancement, civic participation, leadership and economic prosperity of Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S; and to advance democracy and social justice in the U.S. and El Salvador.  Visit the SALEF website for more information.