California has the largest number of undocumented people living and working in the state (roughly 25%). Otis College is committed to supporting undocumented students who are interested in pursuing an art and design education at Otis College. If you are undocumented, you are welcome to apply for admission. Once admitted and enrolled, our staff is committed to connecting with you to be sure you are supported and understand your rights as a college student. If you need any help or have any questions, you are encouraged to contact our Primary Designated Student Official (PDSO), Alia Saeed located on our One Stop. The Office of Student Affairs is another place on campus that can assist in any personal or academic issues students may be experiencing.
Finally, we encourage you to visit DACA for information on your rights and resources.
- Can I apply to Otis College if I am undocumented?
Yes! We welcome you to apply—your status does not affect the admissions decision or process. When completing the Common Application related to Citizenship status, you may select "other."
- How do I apply for financial aid?
This depends if you are a DACA student, live in California, and/or are currently living outside of California. We encourage you to contact our Student Financial Services staff by emailing the One Stop.
- Will I have to pay in-state or out of state tuition?
Tuition is the same for all students.
- What kind of scholarships would I qualify for?
Undocumented students are considered for the same scholarships as any other admitted student. However, any questions about additional need-based aid should be directed to our One Stop
- Who can I reach out to if I have additional questions?