Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents may be eligible for funding from the College, the State of Illinois, and private sources. This page provides links to and details about securing such funding.

In general, undocumented students can receive up to a total of $42,000 per year in combined scholarship and grant funds from the College. Illinois residents may qualify to receive up to $8400 in additional grant funds from the State (see "Funds for Illinois Residents" below).


Click on the link that matches your status and the year for which you’re applying:

Illinois Residents

Non-Illinois Residents, choose the academic year you will begin     2023-2024      2024-2025 academic year  

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- but a grant is “need-based” so it considers your family’s resources. To apply, complete the application matching your status and academic year.

Total Lake Forest Funding

Students enrolling for the first time in the Fall of 2023 may receive grant and scholarship funds totaling up to $42,000.

You can expect to receive similar aid each year if your academic performance is consistent with the standards of the College. The amount you need to pay will increase, as tuition and other costs also increase. An annual application is not required.


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 (complete the application matching your status), 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.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone and Fax



Patterson Lodge, 2nd Floor
Middle Campus, Map


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Jerry Cebrzynski
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

Mark Anderson
Associate Director

Adriana Rodriguez
Associate Director for Financial Aid Operations
VA Certifying Official

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español en la oficina de ayuda financiera, usted puede llamar a Adriana Rodriguez.