We understand paying for college can be scary and making the decision to attend CSU is often impacted by financial limitations. We’ve made an institutional commitment to help students who are undocumented in a number of ways, many of which are listed below.
Undocumented, DACA & ASSET Students
Financial Aid and Scholarships
College students who are undocumented are not eligible for federal financial aid, but Colorado students who are undocumented can be considered for some institutional grants and scholarships (i.e., not from state or federal funds).
To be considered for aid and scholarships, it is important to submit your completed application for admission by February 1. For details, contact Adam Nieto in the Office of Financial Aid at 970-491-4049 or email@example.com. Se habla español.
Step 1: Apply for Admission
Information about applying for admission can be found here.
Step 2: Apply for ASSET In-State Tuition
After you are admitted to CSU, fill out the ASSET Application and send supporting documentation at least 30 days prior to the first day of classes.
Step 3: Complete the Institutional ASSET Financial Aid Application
After your ASSET application has been approved, you will receive an email with the CSU Institutional ASSET Financial Aid Application- similar to FAFSA. You must complete this application to be considered for institutional financial aid.
Step 4: Apply for COF
The College Opportunity Fund(COF) provides an annual stipend of $83 per credit hour for new and continuing in-state students who are attending a public college or university in Colorado.
To apply for the COF, indicate that you have applied for legal presence or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. Be sure to check the box under the personal information section indicating that you do not have a social security number or if you have a social security number through DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). You will be issued a unique COF identification number for college use instead of the social security number.
You may qualify for CSU scholarships
CSU awards some merit-based scholarships automatically upon admission. These scholarships are based solely on your grades and ACT or SAT test scores received by CSU on your application. There is nothing you need to do to apply for these scholarships, simply complete an admissions application by the recommended date to be considered. If you meet the academic criteria for these awards you will be notified in your acceptance letter.
Most CSU scholarships do not have a citizenship requirement. Plan to complete the CSUSA Scholarship Application and review eligibility requirements for scholarships like the Monfort, Anschutz, and First Generation award.
Don’t forget outside scholarships!
Scholarship opportunities for students who are undocumented are also available from sources outside of CSU. We recommend that you apply for the following scholarships.
TheDream.US. An official partner of CSU, TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program. It provides scholarships to students who currently have DACA or are DACA-eligible. TheDream.us offers the National Scholarship, which is awarded to high school or community college graduates with financial need. It covers up to $29,000 for a Bachelor’s degree.
Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation. The I Have A Dream Foundation offers financial support to Colorado DREAMers. Students who graduate from high school or obtain a GED are eligible for four-year partial educational assistance to cover tuition, fees, and other school-related expenses. The current rate per year is $3,000, which is disbursed at a rate of $1,500 per semester.
Colorado’s ASSET bill, Senate Bill 13-033, allows students who are undocumented and who meet all eligibility requirements to qualify for in-state tuition at Colorado State University.
Eligibility for ASSET In-State Tuition Rate
To qualify for Colorado ASSET in-state tuition, an student who is undocumented must have:
- Attended a high school in Colorado for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or completion of a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Colorado (three years is defined as six academic terms from three separate years).
- Been admitted to a Colorado college or university within 12 months of graduation from a Colorado high school or completion of a Colorado GED.
- Graduated from a Colorado high school or completed a Colorado GED before September 1, 2013 and have continuous physical presence in Colorado for 18 months preceding the start of the semester you plan to enter college (additional documentation may be required).
- Applied for COF and completed an affidavit with the College Opportunity Fund indicating that you have applied for legal presence or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. DACA students should not use their social security number and should request a College Opportunity Fund ID#.
To receive ASSET in-state tuition students must:
- Submit the Colorado State University Asset Application Form and supporting documents as soon as admitted to CSU but not later than 30 days prior to the first day of the semester for which you are applying. If you are completing the CSU Scholarship Application your Asset Application Form should be submitted by February 1.
- Submit official final Colorado high school transcripts indicating three years of attendance at a Colorado high school immediately before obtaining your Colorado high school diploma or Colorado GED.
- Submit official Colorado GED transcript, if applicable.
- If you are a transfer student, submit official proof of acceptance at a Colorado college or university (institutions other than Colorado State University) within 12 months of graduation from a Colorado high school or completion of a Colorado GED.
- Submit signed affidavit to COF online or by printing the paper application.
Students who graduated or completed a GED before September 1, 2013
If you were not accepted to a Colorado college/university within 12 months of graduation from a Colorado high school or competition of a Colorado GED prior to September 1, 2013, you must submit proof of 18 months of continuous physical presence in Colorado prior to the first day of the semester. The documents must indicate a Colorado mailing address in order to determine continuous physical presence.
You must provide the following documents to prove 18 months continuous physical presence:
- Copy of lease agreement signed by all parties or rent receipts
- Homeowner should include copy of their warranty deed or tax liability statement
- If you lived with a friend or relative, you must provide a notarized statement from that person indicating the property address and the dates you lived with them. You must also provide a copy of their lease, rent receipts, or warranty deed.
Provide at least 3 of the following documents:
- Colorado state identification or driver’s license
- Colorado vehicle registration
- Proof of employment (W-2 or check stubs)
- Signed copies of Colorado income tax return or Colorado tax transcript for the previous year
- Letter from a person in a position of authority substantiating physical presence (i.e., clergy, high school counselor, social worker, homeless shelter, employer, etc.)
- Official records from religious entity in Colorado (e.g. baptism, first communion, wedding)
- Birth certificates of your children born in Colorado
- Insurance policies
- Military records
- Any other relevant document will be accepted on a case-by-case basis
Legal resources are available in Student Legal Services, including access to two immigration lawyers available by appointment.
RamCare helps cover out-of-pocket expenses for services at the CSU Health Network.
Financial aid assistance may be available to pay for the RamCare Supplement Program for students who qualify. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
Want more information?
We have designated financial aid counselors available to make sure you have the right information about applying for admission and qualifying for financial aid.
Student Access Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-4049
Assistant Director of Student Access
Phone: (970) 491-3711
Associate Director, Client Services
Phone: (970) 491-1570