ASSET: Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities, receive the College Opportunity Fund Stipend, and receive state financial aid if eligible based on need. Students who attended a Colorado high school for at least one year before graduation or were physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date they completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; AND have been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months before enrolling in an institution of higher education will qualify for ASSET status.
DACA: Students who hold a status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and can demonstrate Colorado domicile may be considered for an in-state tuition rate. For information on establishing a Colorado domicile, please visit our Residency Page.
Students who qualify for ASSET do not automatically qualify for DACA, and vice versa. A student may qualify for one but not the other, qualify for both, or qualify for neither.
Once admitted to CU Anschutz, ASSET students should apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF). The state benefit reduces the amount of undergraduate in-state tuition students pay. The COF application may be completed at https://cof.college-assist.org/. Applicants who do not have lawful immigration status are required to complete and submit the one time COF Affidavit, which affirms the student has applied for lawful presence or will do so as soon as the student is able to do so. The affidavit is located within the main COF application.
Applicants who do not have a social security number (SSN), or who elect not to provide their SSN, will apply for a unique COF ID. To associate funds to the correct student account, students need to provide their COF ID to the Registrar’s Office. Students are required to authorize the funds to be applied to their tuition through their UCDAccess portal. Instructions to authorize COF are available through the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.
All students who are not eligible for federal student aid due to citizenship status (ASSET, DACA, or otherwise undocumented) may complete the CASFA to have their level of need determined for scholarships.
If you have questions when completing the Student Status or Parent Questions on the Alternate Aid Form, please visit our Student Status Questions and Who is My Parent webpages, or contact us.
ASSET: Although students with ASSET status do not qualify for federal financial aid, graduate or professional students with this status may qualify to receive Colorado Graduate Grant. To determine your eligibility for the Colorado Graduate Grant, complete the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Alternate Aid Form. To complete the form, visit www.ucdenver.edu/aaform. We also encourage you to apply for scholarships with your School/College to assist with your educational costs.
DACA: Although students with DACA status who do not also have ASSET status cannot qualify to receive Colorado state or federal aid, we encourage you to apply for scholarships with your School/College to assist with your educational costs.