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Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Funding from the College is available to students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. Funding from private sources is also available. This page will provide links to and details about securing such funding.

Lake Forest Scholarships
Unless noted otherwise, undocumented students are eligible for the scholarships found on our Scholarships Page
Lake Forest Grant
Grants are similar to scholarships - you do not repay them. A grant is “need-based” so it considers your family income and other resources. To apply, complete our Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application for the 2019-2020 or 2018-2019 academic year.
Total Lake Forest Funding

The value of combined grant and scholarship funds is up to $35,000.

You can expect to receive similar aid each year if your academic performance is consistent with the standards of the College. An annual application is not required.

Federal and State Grants and Loans
To receive funds from the federal government and/or State of Illinois, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Private Scholarships and Grants

The following sites will help you identify scholarship opportunities outside of Lake Forest College.


DDLR Scholarship 

DREAMers Roadmap

Golden Door Scholars

Guide to Scholarships and Resources

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

My (Un)Documented Life 

Private Scholarship Guide for Undocumented Students   


Work-Study is an opportunity to have a part-time job on campus, and is funded by the College. In most cases the amount offered is up to $2,500 per year, though this is not guaranteed. To qualify, you must: (1) have DACA status, and (2) show financial need (Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application), and (3) have an employment authorization document. 
Private Student Loans
Loans may be available if you have a credit-worthy co-signor who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The College is not a lender.  View some of the loan options.  
Other Resources

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

My (Un)Documented Life