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Financial Aid

Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. However, you can complete Illinois Tech’s process to be evaluated for additional need-based institutional financial aid. Institutional scholarship funds are not conditional upon the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Therefore, if DACA were repealed, Illinois Tech students would retain their institutional scholarship funds. Once admitted, students should submit the following documents to Leticia Moreno, Student Services, in the Office of Financial aid at

The applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available after March 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, contact Leticia Moreno at or 312-567-3422.

United Minds Inspiring  Innovation (UMII) Scholarship

The UMII scholarship supports undocumented Illinois Tech undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for federal aid (FAFSA). This scholarship is possible by the creation of a referndum by the Undocumented Student and Allies (USA) Illinois Tech student organization which was passed by the Illinois Tech Student Government Organization on April 7, 2016. Funds are available through a $4.50 per semester opt-in fee and other private donations. Private donations are accepted all year round. To donate click here

The UMII scholarship is open to students after their first semester. It is a one-time semester award and receipients must be enrolled for the awarding term. Scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $2,000 based on available funds. Approximately $20,000 were awarded among fourteen recipients during the 2016-2017 academic year.

To apply for the fall 2017 term complete this application and submit it in person to the Office of Financial Aid by Wednesday, September 27th at 5PM.  

If you have any questions, contact Leticia Moreno at or 312-567-3422.

Private Loans

Private Loans may be utilized to finance educational expenses. When selecting a private loan, consider using FASTChoice, a compilation of lenders who are selected by our staff because of their friendly lending practices. After a lender is selected, a student needs to apply for the loan itself. If the student is approved for a loan, the lender will contact IIT requesting we certify the loan. After a private loan is certified, the student will receive an email within 24 hours. The loan will disburse to your account within three weeks of certification (presuming class is in session) assuming no additional information is required by the lender or the Office of Financial Aid.

Outside Scholarships

All students should research outside scholarship options. Illinois Tech is committed to helping students with this process. We regularly add outside scholarships to our Scholarship Opportunities spreadsheet (check Undocumented Student tab), which can be accessed through the Scholarship Channel on the myIIT portal.