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.
ASSET and DACA
ASSET: 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 https://cof.college-assist.org/. 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
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 www.ucdenver.edu/aaform. 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.
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 www.ucdenver.edu/aaform.
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
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.