Undocumented or DACA Applicants

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Undocumented or DACA Applicants

The application: an overview

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Important updates for First-Year Applicants

Suspension of Standardized Testing Requirement for 2021-22 (Updated February 2021)

 
Wellesley has extended the one year suspension of its standardized testing requirement for first-year applicants given the fact that many high school students are still unable to sit for standardized tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that submission of SAT or ACT scores will be optional for first-year applicants applying to the College for entry in the fall of 2021 and 2022. If an applicant wishes to have their standardized test scores considered as one component of their application, we will consider the scores in a nuanced and contextual way alongside all other application credentials. If applicants choose not to submit standardized test scores, we will evaluate their application in a nuanced and contextual way without scores. Our holistic, committee-based application review process gives us the flexibility to evaluate each applicant’s academic and extracurricular accomplishments within individual context. Standardized Testing FAQs.

 

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Financial aid for undocumented and DACA students

For financial aid purposes, Wellesley considers undocumented and DACA students as international citizens. Financial assistance is available for a limited number of undocumented and DACA students. Wellesley is committed to meeting 100 percent of calculated need for all admitted undocumented and DACA students who apply for financial aid during the admission process. Admitted undocumented and DACA students will receive financial assistance in the form of grant aid. Students will not be expected to borrow (via a student loan) as part of their aid packages. If students are ineligible to work in the United States, students will receive grant aid in place of the typical school year work-study and summer work earnings expectation.

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Important Changes for First-Year Applicants

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, the Office of Admission has made important changes that you can read about in the blue shaded box below. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admission should you have any questions.