Undocumented? Explore your financial aid options

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If you are undocumented and live in Colorado, CSU is a great college option. That being said, we understand financial concerns play an important role in your decision to attend CSU.

Undocumented college students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but CSU and the State of Colorado have other financial opportunities. Learn what steps you can take to invest in your college degree with the help of financial aid and scholarships.

Step 1: Complete an ASSET eligibility form

If you have applied and been admitted to CSU, you may qualify for in-state tuition as an ASSET student.

ASSET is a bill passed in the State of Colorado. It gives eligible undocumented college students in-state tuition rates at Colorado colleges and universities.

Have DACA?

If you currently have DACA, contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about work-study opportunities.

If you do not have DACA, the National Immigration Law Center encourages you to speak with an immigration attorney before submitting or renewing a DACA application.

Step 2: Apply for the College Opportunity Fund stipend

If you are eligible for ASSET your next step should involve applying for the College Opportunity Fund.

The College Opportunity Fund provides an annual stipend of $75 per credit hour for new and continuing in-state students who are attending a public college or university in Colorado.

To apply for the stipend, fill out an application online. Once you have been awarded the stipend, you will need to grant CSU permission to request your stipend from the State of Colorado on RAMweb.

Have more questions about how the College Opportunity Fund works? Visit the CSU Office of Financial Aid FAQs page.

Step 3: 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. If you qualify for these scholarships, expect to be notified in your acceptance letter.

Simply complete an admissions application by the recommended date to be considered for these scholarships.

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.

Step 4: Apply for outside scholarships

Additional scholarship opportunities for undocumented students are 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 $25,000 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.

Need help along the way?

As you follow the steps we’ve outlined above, you and your loved ones may have questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance. Our knowledgeable staff members are ready to offer support and guidance.

Contact Adam Nieto of the CSU Office of Financial Aid with questions. He is available by phone or email at adam.nieto@colostate.edu. Se Habla Espanol.