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Students Eligible under Colorado ASSET Bill and/or DACA

The University of Colorado Denver prides itself on its diverse community, and strives to foster an environment of inclusion.  Students interested in applying for admissions to the University of Colorado Denver may review requirements through the Office of Admissions. Upon being admitted to CU Denver, registration advance payments are waived for eligible undocumented students. Students interested in learning about residency requirements may visit the Prospective Student Residency page.



AS​SET: Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities and receive the College Opportunity Fund Stipend. Students who attended a Colorado high school for at least 3 years & graduated from a Colorado high school may qualify for ASSET. Students can learn about their eligibility for ASSET Status through the Colorado ASSET website.

DACA: Students who hold a status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and can demonstrate Colorado domicile may be considered for in-state tuition rate.  For information on establishing a Colorado domicile, please visit CU Denver’s Residency page.

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.


Apply for the College Opportunity Fund

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. The COF application may be completed at Applicants who do not 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. Instructions to authorize COF are available through the Lynx Center’s website.


Financial Aid

ASSET: Although students with ASSET status do not qualify for federal financial aid, they may qualify for Colorado state aid. Undergraduate students may qualify to receive Colorado Student Grant and Colorado Work-study, and graduate students may qualify to receive Colorado Graduate Grant. To determine your eligibility for Colorado state aid, complete the CU Denver Alternate Aid Form. To complete the form, visit We also encourage you to apply for scholarships to assist with your educational costs. To learn about scholarship opportunities, please review the Apply for Scholarship section below.

DACA: 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. To learn about scholarship opportunities, please review the Apply for Scholarships section below.


Apply for Scholarships

The CU Denver Scholarlynx 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.

Step 1

Many scholarships are need-based. If you do not qualify for federal student aid because of citizenship status, please complete the CU Denver Alternate Aid Form instead of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to allow us to determine your need. To complete the form, visit​.

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 webpages, or contact us.

Step 2

Log into our ScholarLynx Application using your university login credentials. Once you have completed the General Application, scholarships for which you are eligible to apply will display.