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Undocumented students are school-age immigrants who live in the United States after entering the country without inspection or after overstaying their visas. Undocumented students can apply for admissions to Oregon State University but are required to submit either a HB 2787 tuition equity affidavit or tuition equity form in order for their admissions application to be processed. Some undocumented students may be part of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) while others are not.
Resident Alien A resident alien is an immigrant who possesses a Resident Alien Card, is a permanent resident of the United States, but does not have citizenship. A student who possesses a Permanent Resident Card (Resident Alien Card-RAC) is not considered an undocumented student. When applying to Oregon State University a Resident Alien should select “Resident Alien” as their citizenship status on the application and must submit a copy of the front and back of their resident alien card to the OSU Office of Admissions in order for their application to be processed.
Undocumented- An undocumented person does not have valid immigration status in the U.S. Undocumented students applying to Oregon State University should fill out the domestic student application, select their country of citizenship and leave the field for social security number blank unless they have been granted a social security number through DACA. Undocumented students are required to submit a Tuition Equity Affidavit or form in order for their admissions application to be processed.
DACA/DACA-mented- Students who are DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), also known as “DACA-mented” students, are still considered undocumented students even though they may have a social security number and/or an Employment Authorization Card. DACA students should follow the same steps as an undocumented student when applying to Oregon State. A copy of your Employment Authorization Card is not required for admission processing.
Refugee/Asylum- A student who is a refugee or is in the United States on asylum is not considered an undocumented student. A student who fits this classification should apply to Oregon State University using the domestic application, list their citizenship as a “Resident Alien” and submit a copy of the I-797 or I-94 showing their immigration status.
International Student- An international student is a student who is entering or entered the United States with a valid non-immigrant status in the US. International students should apply using the International Student application. Certain visa holders, such as dependents of non-immigrants in H-1B or E-2 status, may be eligible for in-state tuition. Students should view the OSU residency page to determine if they are eligible for tuition residency. International students who are in the process of changing their immigration status, or who have questions about their immigration status, should consult with International Admissions https://admissions.oregonstate.edu/international .
Oregon State University offers a holistic approach to its application review process meaning we consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, when evaluating applications.
This includes but is not limited to the strength of coursework the student completes during high school, AP/IB or college course coursework, academic performance (GPA and **ACT/SAT scores), creativity, initiative, motivation, leadership, persistence, service to others, intellectual curiosity, exceptional academic talent, substantial experience with other cultures, and the ability to overcome significant challenges. For more information about application deadlines and requirements visit the admissions website.
Students interested in applying to Oregon State University can find the admissions application online at https://admissions.oregonstate.edu/apply-choose-application. All freshman and transfer students who are applying for a bachelor’s degree program are considered undergraduate students.
Applying as an Undocumented Student
Undocumented students should apply to Oregon State University using the domestic student application and select “non-US Citizen” for their citizenship status. If the student has been assigned a social security number through DACA they can use it for their social security number on the application otherwise the student can use all nine’s (999999999) to complete the application.
Incoming freshman/first-year students are required to submit a high school transcript in order for their application to be considered complete and processed. Upon admission, students will also be required to submit an official final high school transcript. Along with these materials, undocumented students may request consideration for tuition equity review. Students who opted to send an ACT or SAT score will also need to submit official scores from the testing agency.
Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Along with these materials, undocumented students may request consideration for tuition equity review.
Degree Partnership Program
The Degree Partnership Program (DPP), previously named "Dual Enrollment", is a program that allows students to be jointly admitted and enrolled at Oregon State University and any community college partner. The program is open to all undergraduate students pursuing their bachelor's degree, including international students. International students participating in DPP should work with their OSU transfer advisor and International advisor for guidance in the program. For more information about the Degree Partnership Program visit, https://partnerships.oregonstate.edu/.
Students who are admitted to Oregon State University through the Degree Partnership Program can receive Oregon Promise while a DPP student. To learn more about using Oregon Promise as a DPP student visit the Degree Partnership Program – Oregon Promise website.
For the full HB 2787- Tuition Equity website visit www.oregonstate.edu/tuition-equity. Para más información y documentos, favor de visitar nuestro sitio web: http://oregonstate.edu/tuitionequity-espanol
HB 2787: What is it?
House Bill 2787 provides certain students an exemption from nonresident tuition and fees at Oregon public universities. In summary, OSU may grant in-state tuition for undocumented students who have: attended elementary or secondary/high school in a state or territory of the U.S. for at least five years; studied at an Oregon school for at least the last three years prior to leaving high school; graduated from an Oregon high school or received a GED in Oregon; and show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Undocumented students who do not meet the criteria for HB 2787 can still apply to Oregon State University but will be assessed as a non-resident student and will be required to pay non-resident (out-of-state) tuition and fees.
What does it mean?
First-time undergraduates (freshmen and transfers) who are admitted to Oregon State University, and meet the requirements of HB 2787, may be assessed in-state tuition rates at Oregon State University. Please note: the assessment of in-state tuition rates under HB 2787 does not change a student’s residency status.
FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Oregon State uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your financial need and eligibility for various programs. Your financial aid award is designed to meet as much of your financial need and eligibility as possible, and is determined by your need level as demonstrated by the FAFSA, and by the availability of funds. Oregon State offers merit-based scholarships, as well as need and non-need based financial aid. For a complete list of federal eligibility requirements, visit the Federal Student Aid website.
Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal aid, grants or loans however DACA students who have been provided with a social security number can fill out FAFSA in order to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Although they can fill out FAFSA and get a SAR these students still cannot access federal aid. Student Aid Reports (SAR) can be used to demonstrate need and can be used to apply for private, state and institutional funding.
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Kerr Administration Building 218
Telephone: 541-737-2241 Fax: 541-737-4494
ORSAA - Oregon Student Aid Application
SB 932 (Senate Bill 932) allows eligible students to apply and be considered for the state funded Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) and, if eligible, Oregon Promise. In order to be qualified for OOG, students need to be Oregon residents or be exempted from paying non-resident tuition (through a program like HB2787 Tuition Equity). Eligible students can apply using the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). Students can visit the OSAC - Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion website to determine if they are eligible to file for ORSAA.
Oregon State University offers a variety of merit based scholarships that are open to all incoming freshman and transfer students, including undocumented students. Students are considered for these awards based on their residency, GPA, and more. To apply for incoming student scholarships, students must complete the scholarships portion of the admissions application and have a complete application (application and transcripts) submitted to the Office of Admissions by the scholarship deadline (February 1st). To learn more about new student scholarships visit, https://scholarships.oregonstate.edu.
After students are admitted to Oregon State, they can submit an additional scholarship application through the OSU ScholarDollars system. Eligibility for scholarships awarded through the Scholar Dollars application varies based on department, student status, GPA, etc. Scholar Dollars also provides an external scholarship search tool to help students explore and apply for more scholarships outside of OSU specific awards. To maximize the number of scholarships students are considered for, they should apply early for admissions and complete the Scholar Dollars application before February 1st. For more information visit, https://scholarships.oregonstate.edu/scholardollars.
Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by organizations outside of OSU. These awards may be available through non-profit organizations, community based organizations, companies, and more. Websites such as TheDream.US are a good starting point for undocumented students who are exploring scholarship opportunities. Before submitting applications for third-party scholarships, students should check the organization's website of validity and reviews, and check to ensure that the application for the scholarship does not have an application fee.
Finding the right college fit is an important process when choosing the correct school and nothing beats a visit to campus to picture yourself as an Oregon State student. Take a student-led tour of OSU’s beautiful campus, check out the residence halls, meet OSU faculty and students, and learn about the academic programs available at Oregon State.
The Welcome Center in the Office of Admissions at Oregon State offers campus visits for individuals and families and also hosts several full-day open house programs throughout the year. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet current students, learn about the admissions process, explore different academic interests, find out about scholarship opportunities and much more. High school groups and/or school organizations wishing to visit campus can also arrange group tours through the Campus Visitor Center. For middle school groups and organizations, please connect with Precollege Programs. To schedule a personalized visit of Beaver Nation, contact the Campus Visitor Center at 800-291-4192 or online at https://visitosu.oregonstate.edu/. Spanish tours and admissions appointments are also available upon request in addition to any special accommodations or translator requests.
Oregon State University is home to EOP (Educational Opportunities Program) which is available to meet with groups or individuals during campus visits. Students can contact EOP directly to organize a meeting or they can request that an EOP meeting be included in their schedule when arranging a campus visit through the Office of Admissions.
Precollege Programs also offers visit opportunities for groups and is able to accommodate middle school programs. OSU campus field trips offered through Precollege Programs can include campus tours, hands-on activities, lunch on campus, and more. To arrange a visit through Precollege Programs, please visit https://precollege.oregonstate.edu/.
Oregon State University (OSU) strives to create a supportive environment so that students can be successful inside and outside of the classroom. There are many campus resources available to undocumented students. Students should contact any programs they may be interested in utilizing while attending Oregon State.
Many of Oregon State’s support resources are made available through student fees. Any student who is paying on-campus student fees, is able to take advantage of these resources for no additional cost. In addition, most student support is available for all OSU students. For more information about support and resources at OSU visit, https://admissions.oregonstate.edu/diversity.
For more information about resources and support for undocumented and DACA-mented students, visit undocumented.oregonstate.edu.
Educational Opportunities Program (EOP)
Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) provides personal and academic support for students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. Students who participate in EOP have access to a variety of services including: assistance with the application process, assistance locating financial resources, academic and personal counseling, access to specific math, reading and writing courses, support with finding jobs and internships, and much more.
EOP provides support to students of color, students with disabilities, students who are single parents, low-income students, students who have been rurally isolated, undocumented students, veterans, older-than-average students (25+), and first generation students (neither parent graduated from college).
For more information or to apply to EOP, visit https://eop.oregonstate.edu/.
Cultural Resource Centers
Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) serves as the cornerstone to all student diversity efforts at Oregon State University. DCE provides opportunities for students to succeed academically, personally and professionally by providing unique learning experiences and learning spaces for students to engage in building community, receiving needed support, and developing an ethos of social responsibility and success. Diversity & Cultural Engagement also serves as the home to seven Cultural Resource Centers on campus: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural César Chávez, Ettihad Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Pride Center, Women & Gender Center. All of the Cultural Resource Centers and programs are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, class, citizenship, nationality, or age.
Here to Stay
This student club serves to advocate for the support of DACA students and undocumented immigrants in the United States in policies and programs created on both the large level government scale and the smaller university scale. Here to Stay also provides information about resources that are available to DACA and undocumented students at Oregon State University.
Human Services Resources Center (HSRC)
The Human Services Resources Center provides direct service, outreach, education, and referral services to OSU students that help alleviate the effects of hunger, poverty, and other human needs so that students can pursue a quality education. We also create a dynamic learning environment in which students, faculty, and the community can learn how to meet the current pressing societal challenges facing college students.
University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services to members of the OSU community to address the challenges and difficulties students face. These services are designed to help students understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices.
ASOSU- Student Legal Services
ASOSU-the Associated Students of Oregon State University- is every student at Oregon State University. ASOSU exists as an organization to promote academic excellence, encourage the intellectual, social, cultural, and physical development of the student body, and enable the student body to assert its varied interests as citizens and members of the academic community through democratic representation.
ASOSU Student Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to OSU students when the other party to the dispute is not also an OSU student or a part of the university or one of its administrative units. Advising which may consist of consultation and, in limited circumstance, representation is provided for specific areas of dispute including; immigration, landlord/tenant disputes, wills & power of attorney, and more.
Through staff passion, innovation, and steadfast commitment to creating dynamic learning experiences, the Department of Recreational Sports has established itself as an essential campus partner in student wellness, a healthy campus, and the success of students and campus alike. OSU RecSports is recognized as a leader and source of best practices in the growing and evolving field of recreation.
Student Health and Services
Oregon State University students can be reassured that their health is supported by many caring staff and faculty members. In the forefront for health is Student Health Services. SHS clinicians, health educators and other highly skilled health professionals provide campus-wide comprehensive primary health care, disease prevention and treatment services, and extensive health promotion for all OSU students.
Childcare and Family Resources
Childcare and Family Resources advocates for and provides services to students with children and all families with dependent care needs across campus to promote the academic, professional and personal success of the whole person. We work to identify and remove barriers for students with children to ensure equal access to campus opportunities and resources.