(Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow | Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities, receive the College Opportunity Fund Stipend, and receive state financial aid if eligible based on need. Students who attended a Colorado high school for at least one year before graduation or were physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date they completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; AND have been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months before enrolling in an institution of higher education will qualify for ASSET status. .
Students who hold a status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and can demonstrate Colorado domicile may qualify for in-state tuition. Please visit CU Denver’s residency page to learn how to establish a Colorado domicile.
Please note: Students who qualify for ASSET do not automatically qualify for DACA, and vice versa. A student may qualify for one but not the other, qualify for both, or qualify for neither.
Once admitted to CU Denver, ASSET students should apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF), which is a state benefit that reduces the amount of undergraduate in-state tuition students pay. Applicants who don't have lawful immigration status are required to complete and submit the one time COF Affidavit, which affirms the student has applied for lawful presence or will do so as soon as he or she is able to do so. The affidavit is located within the main COF application.
Applicants who do not have a social security number (SSN), or who elect not to provide their SSN, will apply for a unique COF ID. To associate funds to the correct student account, students need to provide their COF ID to the Registrar’s Office. Students are required to authorize the funds to be applied to their tuition through their UCDAccess portal.
To authorize the COF:
Although students with ASSET status don't qualify for federal financial aid, student with need may qualify for Colorado state aid. Undergraduate students may qualify to receive Colorado Student Grant and graduate students may qualify to receive Colorado Graduate Grant. To determine your eligibility for Colorado state aid, complete the applicable form below. The priority CASFA date for grant aid is March 1st. We also encourage you to apply for scholarships.
Although students with DACA status who do not also have ASSET status cannot qualify to receive Colorado state or federal aid, we encourage you to apply for scholarships to assist with your educational costs.
The CU Denver Scholarship Universe Application is available October 1 of each year, with rolling deadlines beginning March 1. Many of our scholarships do not require U.S. citizenship. In addition to scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship, students with a status of ASSET will be considered for scholarships available only to Colorado residents.
All students who are not eligible for federal student aid due to citizenship status (ASSET, DACA, or otherwise undocumented) may complete the CASFA to have their level of need determined for scholarships.If you have questions when completing the Student Status or Parent Questions on the Alternate Aid Form, please visit our Student Status and Who is My Parent or contact us.
Log into our Scholarship Universe Application using your university login credentials. Once you have completed the General Application, scholarships for which you are eligible to apply will display.