Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Sept. 1, 2017: The Colorado Department of Higher Education strongly supports continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This vital program has shielded thousands of young people from threat of deportation and has enabled many to pursue their education dreams. The vast majority of DACA recipients came to our country at a young age and identify as Americans. They are active members of Colorado communities, making strong contributions to our great state.

To our DACA students, we will fight to ensure our campuses remain safe and supportive environments. We believe all Coloradans, regardless of their country of origin, deserve the opportunity to contribute their talent and ingenuity to our state.

Colorado state action

The Governor signed a letter urging Congress to support the Dream Act. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the governors ask for swift action and for leaders to pass legislation protecting young DREAMers threatened with deportation.

More than a dozen Colorado institutions have signed a national letter of solidarity released by Pomona College:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Community College System
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Anschutz
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Colorado System
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Denver
  • Western State Colorado University


DACA and ASSET Resources

Since ASSET and DACA both affect Colorado’s undocumented youth, it’s easy to confuse the policies. Here’s how they impact one another:

  • ASSET is a state law that affects the cost of attendance at Colorado public higher education institutions only; it does not affect immigration status nor lawful presence.

  • DACA is a federal policy set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department that allows qualifying young people to apply for a renewable, two-year period of deferred action and work authorization. DACA is set expire March 5, 2018.

  • Students who qualify for ASSET do not automatically qualify for DACA, and vice versa. A student may qualify for ASSET or DACA only, qualify for both or qualify for neither.


ASSET Information

DACA Information