Undocumented Students in Higher Education
In 2013, Colorado passed ASSET, a law that allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges.
Undocumented Students at UCCS
- Last year, leaders in the CU System, including the UCCS Chancellor, came out publicly in support of DACA, ASSET, and undocumented students.
- DACA and other undocumented students at UCCS, even if they do not have the financial means to pay for college, do not qualify for federal financial assistance.
- DACA (and some undocumented students at UCCS) qualify for institutional and private financial support (e.g., scholarships). The UCCS Student Relief Fund is open to DACA and ASSET students.
Work-Study and Student Employment
- DACA and undocumented students do not qualify for work-study programs at UCCS.
- DACA students with valid work permits are eligible for student employment at UCCS. For more information, please contact Student Employment at (719) 255-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA:
What Is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.
What Are The Requirements For DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.
- DACA PARTIALLY RESTORED: In September of 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would be rescinding/ terminating DACA by March of 2018. However, due to a federal court ruling in January of 2018, you can now apply to renew your DACA. Unfortunately, you cannot file a first-time application; you must have had previously or currently have DACA to be able to file.
- MOST RECENT UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a District of Columbia federal District Court judge issued a ruling ordering the Trump administration to fully restore the DACA program. If the order goes through, it would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue to accept and process both new and renewal DACA applications. Please note that at the moment, you still cannot file an initial application.
In its ruling, the federal judge found fault with DHS’s offered justification for rescinding DACA – that the program was unlawful – without further explaining a legal basis for the agency’s conclusion.
The Court stayed its order for 90 days, giving DHS an opportunity to better explain its rescission decision. If DHS does not give a valid reason for rescinding DACA within 90 days, the DACA program will be restored in its entirety. Although two earlier preliminary injunctions require DHS to continue accepting and processing DACA renewals, this most recent order, if it becomes effective, will permit the filing of new applications for DACA benefits, where only renewals are currently being processed.
DACA recipients are encouraged to renew their DACA while the program is partially restored because it can be taken away at any moment.
- The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has outlined what you need to know and whether you could qualify to renew: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/faq-uscis-accepting-daca-renewal-applications/
This Page Was Last Updated: 05/17/2018