Prospective/New Dreamer Students
Prospective/New Undocumented Students
The application and transition process to higher education for many undocumented students can be difficult and complex, especially if you are a first-generation student. We are here to advocate for you, support you, guide you, and connect you to resources on campus and in the community to make your transition to UCCS and your time here easier. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions office at email@example.com or (719) 255-3084. For further questions on Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) please contact Adriana Coffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 255-3038.
Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and undocumented students must choose “Not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident” for the citizenship type question on the UCCS admissions application. To apply to UCCS, click here.
Qualifying undocumented and DACA students have access to in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund in Colorado under Senate Bill 13-033, or the Colorado ASSET law.
Apply for Financial Assistance and Scholarships:
It is important to be aware of costs associated with financing a higher education. More information about attendance costs at UCCS can be found here.
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 you can contact Jevita Rogers in the financial aid office at email@example.com. You may also contact the UCCS Financial Aid Office or the UCCS Scholarships Office.
- The UCCS Student Relief Fund: This new scholarship fund gives need-based financial awards to students that do not qualify for federal financial assistance. DACA and ASSET students are particularly encouraged to apply. In order to apply, the student applicant must have either filled out a physical or online copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about the UCCS Student Relief Fund or how to apply, please click here and/or visit their website for more financial resources for Dreamers.
Scholarships for Graduate and Professional Schools:
MALDEF Law School Scholarship: MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship is open to all students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited United States law school at the time of applying and are completing their first law degree. Applicants are evaluated based on four main factors: 1) personal background and financial need; 2) academic and extracurricular achievement; 3) demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community, shown through academic, extracurricular, or professional record of service; and 4) future plans to advance the rights of Latinos. For more information, visit: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html
Other Financial Resources:
LSAT Fee Waivers: DACA recipients are eligible for LSAT fee waivers. To learn more, visit: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers
MCAT Fee Waivers: DACA recipients are eligible for MCAT fee waivers. For more information, visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/fee-assistance-program/