Undocumented Students

What does it mean to be an Undocumented Student?

An undocumented student is defined as: "a student born abroad, anywhere outside the United States, who entered the country without inspection by an immigration officer or overstayed the length of his/her visa." It is important that all undocumented citizens understand their rights, and be aware of the resources available to them (click graphic below for more info).

What resources are available for Undocumented Students?Undocumented students are encouraged to reach out to their Counselor or any other staff member that they trust for support, and are eligible for the same supports and services as all Lake View students. 

Please note: Chicago Public Schools are safe environments for students of all backgrounds, in that, all student information is kept private and confidential. This also applies to undocumented students and their families. The Lake View Counseling Team encourages students and their families to reach out to their designated Counselor with any questions or concerns.

Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act

From the ISAC website...On June 21, 2019, the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act was signed into law, with an effective date of January 1, 2020. As described in the enacting legislation, the Act provides that “a student who is an Illinois resident and who is not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, including, but not limited to, a transgender student who is disqualified for failure to register for selective service or a noncitizen student who has not obtained lawful permanent residence, shall be eligible for state financial aid and benefits…”.

IACAC Undocumented Student Resources


Please see the links on the left-hand side for more information on:

Immigrants Rights & Deferred Action (DACA)

College Info

Financial Aid

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