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Data on undocumented students

March 17, 2009

Just over half (53.6 percent) of colleges knowingly admit undocumented immigrant students to degree or diploma programs under certain circumstances, while 46.4 percent do not.

Public two-year colleges are the most likely to knowingly admit students residing in the United States illegally. Those are among the many findings of a new survey from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

The vast majority of colleges and universities -- 96.9 percent -- actually inquire about citizenship/legal residency status in the form of a question.

On verification, just 19.6 percent said they verify the immigration status of all applicants, 30.6 percent verify applicants for financial aid, and 18.7 percent verify only those applicants seeking in-state tuition. Another 23.3 percent said they don't verify applicants' status.

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