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Financial Aid

Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. However, students can be evaluated for additional need-based institutional financial aid by completing Illinois Tech’s Application for Additional Financial Aid. Students should note that 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 Therefore, if DACA were repealed, Illinois Tech students would retain their institutional scholarship funds awarded via Illinois Tech. Admitted students should submit the following documents to initate the review for additional funds.


Application and supporting documents should be submitted to:

Leticia Moreno

Assistant Director
Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 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. To date, approximately $47,000 were awarded among thrity-one recipients since the scholarship's inception. Private donations are accepted all year round. To donate click here

Scholarship Details

  • One-time semester award
  • Must be enrolled for the awarding term
  • Scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $2,000 based on eligibility
  • Based on funding availability, preferrence will be given to:
    • Student who have completed their first semester
    • Students who have not received this award more than twice

The United Minds Inspiring Innovation (UMII) Scholarship application for the spring 2020 term is closedPlease visit the News page for more information. 

Private Loans

Private Loans may be utilized to finance educational expenses. When selecting a private loan, students should consider using FASTChoice, a compilation of lenders who are selected by our staff because of their friendly lending practices. 

Private Loan Process

  • Apply for private loan through the lender
  • If the loan is approved, the lender will contact Illinois Tech requesting certification of the loan
  • After certification, the student will receive an email within 24 hours
  • Disbursement will occur to the student's account within three weeks of certification*

*Classes must be in session and 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.