Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Update Aug. 6, 2018: According to CNBC, a federal district court judge in Washington state ordered the full restoration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Aug. 4, 2018 but delayed the decision for 20 days to give the Trump administration a chance to appeal. If allowed to go into effect, the ruling would require the Trump administration to begin processing new DACA applications and reopen the program in its entirety as soon as Aug. 23, 2018.

Current DACA recipients may apply to renew existing application only. DACA will be reviewed at a Texas district court in August 2018.

Statement from 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.

  • 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


FAFSA Guidance for DACA and/or ASSET Recipients

Students who are undocumented or protected under Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) do not qualify for federal financial aid; however, you may still receive private financial aid from institutions or other organizations.

If you are protected by DACA or are undocumented, you may take the following steps.

  • Option 1: Contact your institution of choice
    If you are uncomfortable filing the FAFSA, you can call the financial aid office at your institution of choice and inquire about private financial aid options. In some cases, you may need to submit an alternative aid application designed for undocumented and/DACA students to the institution.

  • Option 2: File the FAFSA
    Even if you are undocumented or protected by DACA, you may still submit the FAFSA. Enter your DACA-assigned social security number (SSN), or, if you don’t have one, enter a stand-in SSN using zeroes (000-00-0000). Although you will be denied federal financial aid, the institution that receives your FAFSA application may contact you and offer private aid opportunities. In this case, you will likely need to submit an alternative aid application designed for undocumented and/DACA students to the institution.