DREAMers & Undocumented Student Information

DREAMers & Undocumented Student Information

CCD welcomes all DREAMers, ASSET, DACA & Undocumented students

We will assist you - from enrolling at CCD through graduation - regardless of your current status.

Complete your educational goals with the help of our CCD staff, dedicated to assisting you throughout this process. 

What's the Difference?

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.


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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2022, the General Assembly passed HB22-1155, In-state tuition for Colorado High School graduates, which updates the eligibility criteria for Colorado ASSET students to receive in-state tuition and state financial aid at Colorado postsecondary education institutions.  The new law requires an institution to classify a student as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the student:

  • Attended a Colorado high school for at least one year before graduation or was physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date the student completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; and 
  • Has been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months before enrolling in an institution.  
  • 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.

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

DREAMers, DACA, and undocumented students attending CCD that meet ASSET eligibility may qualify for state aid.

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.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is not tied to ASSET. DACA students may receive in-state tuition and financial aid as long as they meet ASSET eligibility. Students can submit their residency info here.

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).

Immigration Resources

View information about immigration resources in Colorado.

Steps to Enrollment Success

Follow these steps to help you get started at CCD (available in English and Spanish).

TheDream.US Scholarship

TheDream.US is the nation's largest college access and success program for DREAMers/Undocumented students.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We have several options to help you pay for college, including state financial aid and scholarships for ASSET students and CCD scholarships for DACA and Undocumented students.

Private Scholarships & Resources

Use this list to find scholarships and other resources.

Colorado Application for Student Financial Aid (CASFA)

The Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) is the application by which students that meet the qualifications can apply for this aid.

CASFA & ASSET Flowchart

The CCD CASFA Eligibility Flowchart will help CCD students understand which Financial Aid application is appropriate for their personal situation.

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Meet the Team
Andrea Kossik
Assistant Director of Scholarships
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Apdiela Pulido
Scholarship Coordinator
Todd M. Ramirez
Academic Advisor
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