1. Do I have to be a citizen to be admitted to Governors State?
No, citizenship status is not a requirement for admission. All information you share with the university is confidential according to the Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.
The Governors State University application asks for a Social Security number. What should I write?
You should leave that question blank. A student GSU ID number will still be generated with your application.
2. Will I be reported to immigration if I attend Governors State University?
No, under the Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA) your privacy is protected.
3. Can I apply for financial aid?
You are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. In order to be eligible for FAFSA, a student must be a citizen, a legal permanent resident (green card holder) or have one of the following immigration statuses: Conditional Resident, Granted Asylum or Refugee, Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Conditional Entrant or Batter immigrant. You should look to private scholarships.
Students who have been approved for DACA are still considered undocumented. It is important to remember that social security numbers and work authorization provided by DACA do not change the admissions process and do not make a student eligible for federal financial aid.
4. Am I eligible for Governors State Scholarships?
Yes, but you must meet the scholarship criteria.
If I am a transfer student do I still need to submit my high school transcripts?
Yes, in order to satisfy the requirements of Public Act 93-0007 you must submit official high school transcripts.
5. Are there certain majors that I should not consider?
There may be some majors that will require you to sit for a state exam and you will need to have a valid social security number. You should consult with the Major Program Advisor for requirements.
6. I’ve been approved for DACA. Now that I have a work permit, can I work on campus?
Certain on-campus jobs are open to all students who are enrolled at least half-time and have eligibility to work in the United States – this includes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA work eligibility. However, undocumented students (or DACA) are not eligible for Federal Work-study.
7. What happens if I am admitted to Governors State as an undocumented student, but the I am finally able to get my permanent resident card?
You should submit this new information to the Admission Office. this could help you qualify for federal assistance.