I’m undocumented and live in Colorado. Can I apply to CSU?

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Our answer to this question is a resounding YES!

Here in the Office of Admissions we work closely with undocumented applicants who live in Colorado and encourage you to consider a future at Colorado State.

Read on to discover what you should know if you plan to apply.

CSU has a supportive community

At CSU we believe that college is within reach, regardless of your citizenship status.

We offer tools and support to help undocumented applicants successfully pursue an education. This includes  one-on-one application assistance and an opportunity to receive in-state tuition rates via ASSET.

What’s more is that the support won’t end when you become a student. Our campus is full of individuals who work hard to make sure CSU is a place where all students can succeed.

As a Ram, you will have the opportunity to be part a supportive community that we call a C4E, or Community for Excellence. The goal of the C4E is to make sure you succeed at CSU. Mentors and advisors will work with you closely and connect you to resources at CSU.

In addition to the C4E, CSU also provides free tutoring, welcoming cultural centers, a Dreamers United student organization, and a campus that’s not afraid to show its support.

The high level of support and community that CSU offers will lead you to a path of success. It’s a fact: 3 out of 4 of our first-year ASSET students are still with CSU their senior year.

Your personal information is safe

As an undocumented applicant, sharing your personal information may understandably cause fear and anxiety. We’re here to assure you that the information you share with us in your application about both you and your family is confidential.

All schools, including colleges and universities, are bound by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law protects applicants and current students from having their personal information shared.

Your immigration status stays with you and you alone – the information you share with us is private.

Being undocumented does not affect your application

Here at CSU, we do not consider immigration status when making an application decision. Legally you do not need to prove citizenship to be admitted.

Make sure your application is filled out correctly by following these instructions:

  • As you complete your application, list the country that you were born in under the ‘citizenship’ section.
  • Under ‘Visa type’, select ‘Do Not Currently Hold a Valid U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa’.
  • After you submit your application, you may notice that you are listed as non-resident. Don’t stress – after your admissions decision is made you can complete the ASSET eligibility form to be considered for the in-state tuition rate.

We have an expert available to help

CSU Admissions Counselor Priscilla Gardea understands that applying as an undocumented student can be confusing. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is here to provide support. No matter where you are in the college decision process, we guarantee that Priscilla will help you get to the place you want to be.

Contact her by email or phone or consider stopping by campus. Se Habla Espanol.


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Jill Baylis

Jill is part of the communications team in the Office of Admissions. As a first-generation college student, she works hard to simplify the college admissions process and enjoys helping future Rams connect to their interests. In her free time you can usually find her at a local concert or rolling through town on her single speed.