Undocumented Applicants

Williams welcomes applications from undocumented students and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and evaluates their applications in the domestic applicant pool under a need-blind admission policy.

The college meets 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of all undocumented students—as it does for every student admitted to Williams, regardless of country of citizenship or visa status. Undocumented students who qualify for financial aid but are not permitted to work in the U.S. will have the work-study portion of their financial aid package replaced with additional Williams grants.

For more information about the financial aid application process for undocumented and DACA students, please email the financial aid office or visit their website.

If you are an undocumented or DACA student with questions about applying to Williams, please contact Alejandra Moran, assistant director of admission. Alejandra is fluent in Spanish and pleased to speak to both students and families.

Williams is committed to supporting undocumented and DACA designated students throughout their time at the College. The following is a short list of staff members who can provide resources and offer guidance.

  • Ninah Pretto, Associate Dean of the College; provides support and guidance on how students can seek legal advice from community nonprofit agencies that specialize in immigration assistance or immigration attorneys, and helps students navigate the USCIS website and other resources.
  • Ashley Bianchi, Director of Financial Aid; educates and supports undocumented students and their families. She offers assistance with the college application/financial aid process and continues that support during the student’s four year journey at Williams. Questions about applying for financial aid, affording Williams, and emergency financial aid can be directed to her. For more information on financial aid please visit their website.
  • The Davis Center director and staff; work with all students, especially those from historically underrepresented and underserved groups, as they engage with complex issues of identity, history and cultures and in support of their academic and co-curricular interests. For more information about The Davis Center and related programs, please visit their website.
  • Office of Special Academic Programs; helps students from underrepresented groups, including undocumented students, find opportunities that help them advance their educational goals. For more about the Office of Special Academic Programs and related programs please visit their website.
  • Tina Breakell, Director of International Education and Study Away; supports DACA students interested in participating in study away opportunities, advises on support resources available during the financial aid budget process, and works closely with students and their program providers throughout the application and immigration process.
  • Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College; the Chaplains’ Office is eager to provide emotional and spiritual support and guidance for students as they settle in to life at Williams and throughout their years here. Valerie Bailey Fischer is the primary contact person for undocumented and DACA students (and family members).