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 or 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, three-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.