About DACA and ASSET

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.

Plyer vs. Doe:

In June 1982 the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Plyer vs. Doe, holding that states cannot deny students a free public education based on their legal status. 

Undocumented Students at UCCS

Institutional Support

  • Last year, leaders in the CU System, including the UCCS Chancellor, came out publicly in support of DACA and ASSET students.

  • DACA and 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 students at UCCS qualify for institutional financial support.

  • DACA and undocumented students at UCCS qualify for private scholarships.

Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • DACA PARTIALLY RESTORED: 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. NILC encourages DACA recipients whose DACA expires soon to file immediately 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/