What's the Difference?

Visit the Colorado ASSET website for a great explanation of the two laws.

ASSET

Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow, or the Colorado ASSET law, allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges.

DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an executive action allowing undocumented children who met several guidelines to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. With changes happening rapidly with DACA, we'll provide our students with the support they need. Learn more about DACA and check out the FAQs on the Rescission Of DACA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Colorado ASSET bill?

About the Bill

Senate Bill 13-033, also known as the Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) bill, allows U.S citizens, permanent residents, and students without lawful status to receive in-state tuition through attendance and graduation from a Colorado high school or through attendance at a Colorado high school combined with obtaining the GED. You must meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • Enrolled for at least three years at a public/private Colorado high school immediately preceding graduation, or earning a GED.
  • Be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months of graduating from a Colorado high school or earning a GED.
  • If you graduated from high school or completed a GED before September 1, 2013, but did not get accepted into a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months, you must provide proof of being physically present in Colorado on a continuous basis for at least 18 months prior to the start of the semester.
  • Complete an affidavit with the College Opportunity Fund indicating that you have applied for "lawful presence" or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. 

Do I Qualify for ASSET?

Download this document to learn more: How to Know If You Qualify for ASSET? (1-page PDF)

How do I find out if I qualify for in-state tuition under ASSET?

If you are interested in gaining residency through ASSET, contact the Admissions, Recruitment & Outreach office directly or our Residency Point of Contact. For more information visit.

Do DREAMers qualify for financial aid?

Students attending CCD under DACA do not qualify to receive state or federal aid. These students may be eligible for institutional and foundational funds.

Students attending CCD under ASSET (effective FALL 2019) might qualify for state aid. Learn more here.

We encourage students attending CCD under ASSET or DACA to apply for scholarships here.

Do students with Deferred Action qualify under ASSET?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is not tied to ASSET, however, DACA students may receive in-state tuition as long as the one-year domicile requirement is met. Students can submit their residency info here

What effects does ASSET have on HB 1023?

HB 06-1023 requires institutions of higher education to verify lawful presence for students applying for educational benefits (i.e., in-state tuition, College Opportunity Fund). This has been amended; state institutions of higher education are no longer required to verify lawful presence. We no longer require an Affidavit of Lawful Presence (as of summer 2013).