Frequently Asked Questions

  • An undocumented student is any non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident living in the U.S. without a valid non-immigrant visa.

  • There are a few ways that someone can become undocumented:
    • Lived in the U.S. for most of their lives but lack a way to become a legal resident or citizen of the U.S.
    • Submitted immigration application/petition is denied and continued to remain in the U.S.
    • Entered the U.S. without inspection
    • Entered the U.S. legally, but immigration status has since expired (e.g., overstayed a VISA)
  • Yes. UCCS is committed to providing high-quality education to all qualifying students, regardless of citizenship status.
  • UCCS will do everything in their power to not release or share any student information with federal immigration officials unless required to do so by court order.
  • Yes. Chancellor Reddy is publicly supportive of DACA, ASSET, and undocumented students. Click here to learn more about the institutional support UCCS provides its Dreamer students.

Qualifying undocumented students have access to in-state tuition and to receive the College Opportunity Fund in Colorado through the Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) law. To see if you qualify, please visit the Colorado ASSET website or click here. You can also contact the Office of the Registrar to determine eligibility.

  • Yes. Although you do not have access to federal financial assistance, you do have access to institutional and private financial assistance so long as you meet their eligibility requirements. For a list of financial resources that you may qualify for, click here.
  • You can also contact the UCCS Scholarships office at (719) 255-3390, (719) 255-5164, and scholarships@uccs.edu.
  • You can work on campus if you have a valid work permit. For example, if you are a current DACA recipient with a work authorization document, you can apply for regular student employment at UCCS.
  • Please note that you cannot qualify for work-study positions (they are positions partially funded with federal government money), but you can qualify for  student-hourly employment at UCCS.
  • If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the Office of Student Employment. To apply for jobs, visit their website.  
  • You do not have the legal obligation to tell your employer that you have DACA or that your work permit has expired. However, if you continue to work after your DACA or work permit expired, you are doing so without authorization and your employer could terminate your employment at any time.
  • To learn more about your employment rights as a DACA recipient, visit the National Immigration Law Center's information about DACA and Workplace Rights.
  • If you feel you are experiencing discrimination or harassment on campus, you can contact the Office of Institutional Equity to discuss concerns, rights, and how to file complaints.
  • If you have witnessed or experienced an act of violence, please contact the UCCS Police Department.
  • The UCCS Wellness Center offers mental health services to students undergoing depression or anxiety. Students are charged affordable fees per counseling session. They can also offer scaling fees to students who may not be able to pay the fees.
  • Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about your immigration status and how you can pursue your legal rights. For a list of legal resources, please click here

 

  • UCCS wants you here and will support you through your degree completion. You are an important member of the UCCS community. While none of us know the future of immigration policies, you need to know that a college degree and higher education holds value throughout the world.
  • To learn about the institutional support for undocumented and DACA students at UCCS, please click here.