An undocumented student is any non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident living in the U.S. without a valid non-immigrant visa.
There are a few ways that someone can become undocumented:
Lived in the U.S. for most of their lives but lack a way to become a legal resident or citizen of the U.S.
Submitted immigration application/petition is denied and continued to remain in the U.S.
Entered the U.S. without inspection
Entered the U.S. legally, but immigration status has since expired (e.g., overstayed a VISA)
Can I attend UCCS if I am undocumented?
Yes. UCCS is committed to providing high-quality education to all qualifying students, regardless of citizenship status.
Will UCCS share my immigration status with federal immigration officials?
UCCS will do everything in their power to not release or share any student information with federal immigration officials unless required to do so by court order.
What support does UCCS have for undocumented students?
Chancellor Reddy is publicly supportive of DACA, ASSET, and undocumented students. Click here to learn more about the institutional support UCCS provides its Dreamer students.
Do I have access to in-state tuition as an undocumented student?
Qualifying undocumented students have access to in-state tuition and to receive the College Opportunity Fund in Colorado through the Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) law. To see if you qualify, please visit the Colorado ASSET website or click here. You can also contact the Office of the Registrar to determine eligibility.
Do I qualify for financial aid and scholarships?
Yes. Although you do not have access to federal financial assistance, you do have access to institutional and private financial assistance so long as you meet their eligibility requirements. For a list of financial resources that you may qualify for, click here.
You can also contact the UCCS Scholarships office at (719) 255-3390, (719) 255-5164, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I work on campus?
You can work on campus if you have a valid work permit. For example, if you are a current DACA recipient with a work authorization document, you can apply for regular student employment at UCCS.
Should I tell my employer if my DACA permit and work permit expire?
You do not have the legal obligation to tell your employer that you have DACA or that your work permit has expired. However, if you continue to work after your DACA or work permit expired, you are doing so without authorization and your employer could terminate your employment at any time.
What support services are available on campus to students experiencing depression or anxiety?
The UCCS Wellness Center offers mental health services to students undergoing depression or anxiety. Students are charged affordable fees per counseling session. They can also offer scaling fees to students who may not be able to pay the fees.
Where can I learn more about my rights as an immigrant in the U.S.?
Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about your immigration status and how you can pursue your legal rights. For a list of legal resources, please click here.
As an undocumented student, why should I stay in school?
Everyone's journey is different and you have to do what is best for you and the holistic needs of your life. However, gaining an education provides a multitude of connections, both professionally and socially, and can increase the potential avenues of employment for your future. Getting a secondary education is more than just the academic knowledge gained. Staying enrolled will provide you with the opportunity to continue to foster friendships and mentorships that will help you navigate your life beyond the completion of your degree.
UCCS wants you here and will support you through your degree completion. You are an important member of the UCCS community. While none of us know the future of immigration policies, you need to know that a college degree and higher education holds value throughout the world.
To learn about the institutional support for undocumented and DACA students at UCCS, please click here.