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    If you are an undocumented student and meet the requirements, you will only pay in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition at participating Colorado colleges. And, you may receive the College Opportunity Fund tuition stipend!

Colorado ASSET le permitirá estudiantes asistir a una universidad o colegio público en Colorado pagando el precio de colegiatura estatal  sin importar su estatus migratorio siempre y cuando puedan cumplir con ciertos requisitos. Haga clic AQUÍ para información en Español.

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Who Is Eligible For Colorado ASSET?

— If a student graduated on or after Sept. 1, 2013 they must have:

1. Attended a Colorado high school for 3 years

2. Graduated from high school or earned their GED

3. Been admitted (not enrolled) to a Colorado state-funded college within 12 months of graduating

— If a student graduated before September 1, 2013 they must have:

1. Attended a Colorado high school for 3 years. As long as a student attended 6 academic terms from 3 separate academic years—and then graduated or received a GED—the student would satisfy the high school requirement. (CDHE FAQ document)ASCENT is considered part of a student’s high school program and may be counted toward the 3 year academic residency requirement

2. Graduated from high school or earned their GED

3. Been admitted (not enrolled) to a Colorado state-funded college

4. If the student did not enroll in a Colorado state-funded college within 12 months of graduating high school they will have to prove they have been physically present in Colorado for the last 18 months.

Are reciprocity students from another state eligible?

Only students who attended a Colorado high school or completed a Colorado GED are eligible under Colorado ASSET. Out of State students who would attend under a reciprocity agreement are not eligible, as they did not attend a Colorado high school.

How can a student document 18 months of physical presence in Colorado?

— Rent receipts, utility bills, receipts or letters from companies showing the dates during which you received service;

— Employment records or, if you are self-employed, letters from banks and other firms with whom you have done business;

— School records from the schools that you have attended in the United States, showing the name(s) of the schools and periods of school attendance;

— Military records

— Hospital or medical records concerning treatment or hospitalization, showing the name of the medical facility or physician and the date(s) of the treatment or hospitalization;

— Official records from a religious entity in the United States confirming your participation in a religious ceremony, rite, or passage (e.g., baptism, first communion, wedding);

— Money order receipts for money sent in or out of the country; dated bank transactions; U.S. Social Security card; automobile license receipts, title, vehicle registration, etc.; deeds, mortgages, rental agreements; tax receipts; insurance policies; receipts; postmarked letters.

How should campuses and students interpret “attendance” when applying for ASSET?

To satisfy the three-year attendance requirement, students must have enrolled in at least two academic terms (i.e., semesters) for three academic years in high school prior to receiving high school diploma or a GED; however, the terms do not need to be consecutive. Campuses should count academic terms appearing on a student’s high school transcript (or transcripts) to establish attendance.

Should students submit their transcript or diploma as documentation?

Students may submit either. A high school transcript with the graduation date is compelling evidence for graduation and three years attendance. A diploma would also serve as adequate evidence of completion.

What documentation are institutions expected to collect from students?

Institutions determine which documents to collect, typically an official high school transcript(s) or a copy of the student’s GED. The registering authority shall determine if the evidence is satisfactory and verify if necessary

Record retention policies at each governing board apply for ASSET students should be consistent with other tuition classification retention policies to support the registering authority’s decision in the event of an audit.

Is there a “Grandfathering” clause?

No. Undocumented students who attended high school in Colorado for fewer than three years, regardless of the time they have been physically present in the state, are not eligible to qualify for in-state tuition classification under SB 13-033.

What is the maximum length of time between when the student graduated from high school or received a GED and when they must enroll in a college?

To qualify for in-state tuition under the Bill, students who attend a Colorado high school for at least three years and then graduate from a Colorado high school or earn a GED on or after September 1, 2013 must be admitted into a Colorado institution, or attend an institution of higher education under a reciprocity agreement, within 12 months of graduating or earning a GED.

Any student who does not have lawful immigration status and attended a Colorado high school for at least three years and then graduated from a Colorado high school or earned a GED prior to September 1, 2013, but was not admitted to an institution within 12 months of graduating or earning a GED, is eligible for in-state tuition if the students can document 18 months of continuous physical presence in Colorado prior to enrolling in an institution.

What about proof for home-schooled students?

Colorado home-schooled students should provide evidence of their registration with a Colorado school district and a copy of that district’s high school diploma.

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Do Colorado colleges and universities have to verify lawful presence of applicants?

No, ASSET strikes the language that requires institutions of higher education to verify lawful presence for any person who applies for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education, including participation in the Colorado Opportunity Fund, college savings plans, and other aid relating to attendance at the institution.

If a student can produce valid evidence of having received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), must he or she also complete the affidavit required by SB 13-033?

Yes. Any student seeking in-state under the SB 13-033 who does not have lawful immigration status must complete the affidavit. However, a student who has applied for or received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will have “applied for lawful presence” as set forth in the affidavit. To ensure all students are complying with the law, students without a Social Security card and driver’s license should complete and submit an affidavit.

How does the ASSET legislation work compared to the federal Deferred Action rules?

Senate Bill 13-033 provides alternative options for demonstrating eligibility for in-state tuition classification only. It is not directly tied to Deferred Action. If a student can provide documentation that he or she resides in Colorado and has acceptable evidence of domicile, such as a valid driver’s licensure and/or social security number, the student may qualify for in-state tuition under existing tuition classification laws and policies.

 

Affidavits

Affidavits: What is required?

Beginning in May 2013, students complete an affidavit at the College Opportunity Fund site. The affidavit requires applicants who do not have lawful immigration status to affirm that he or she has applied for lawful presence or will do so as soon as he or she is able to do so.

Is the affidavit a onetime requirement or must it be completed every academic term?

The affidavit is a onetime requirement that will be maintained centrally by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Evidence of completion of the affidavit will be provided to campuses electronically. This will allow ASSET students to complete and submit the affidavit only once.

Local district and area vocational institutions do not participate in COF. How would students attending a non-COF institution provide an affidavit?

Students enrolling at Aims Community College, Colorado Mountain College, Emily Griffith, Pickens Tech, or Delta-Montrose Area Technical College should complete an affidavit on the COF website. Paper-based affidavits are also allowed.

Is there documentation or a written statement that needs to be collected with the affidavit to show students are taking steps to become documented?

No additional documentation besides the affidavit is required to be submitted to complete the process.

 

College Opportunity Fund and Financial Aid

Are ASSET students eligible for state or federal financial aid?

— ASSET students ARE NOT eligible for federal or state funded financial aid

— Pell Grants

— Work Study

— State Merit Aid, Loans, or scholarships

— Federal Merit Aid, Loans or scholarships

— ASSET does not make a student eligible for other benefits offered by the state or federal government.

— ASSET students ARE eligible to apply for and be awarded:

— Scholarships and other financial aid that is generated from each individual school’s funds or private beneficiaries donating money to individual schools where US or Colorado residency is not required.

— Hourly-wage jobs created by individual institutions (not work-study)

Senate Bill 13-033 states that students may be eligible for institutional funds. Under HB 06-1023, institutions were told that students without lawful presence could not receive institutional aid. Has this changed?

Yes. While ASSET students are ineligible for federal or state funded financial aid, SB 13-033 eliminated the requirement that institutions verify lawful presence prior to awarding institutional financial benefits relating to the cost of attendance.

Will ASSET students at COF participating non-profit private institutions (Regis, DU, and Colorado Christian University) be eligible for COF in the same way as other resident students are eligible?

No. Under current law all students attending non-profit private institutions must qualify as Pell eligible in order to receive COF. Federal law does not extend Pell eligibility to undocumented students.

It appears that ASSET will help streamline the registration process for students so that COF is automatically authorized for students. Is that correct?

No, the ASSET legislation allows students without lawful presence to qualify for in-state tuition and the College Opportunity Fund. ASSET students will need to complete a COF application and authorize the COF like any other student eligible for COF.

Are students who attended private Colorado high schools issued a SASID?

Students who attend private K-12 institutions are not assigned SASIDs (State Assigned Student Identifier). A student may be able to request a SASID from its local public school district, but the capacity for issuing SASIDs upon request may vary by district.

If the student attended any public school after SASIDs were introduced in 2003, the student would have been assigned a SASID and will be matched in the database, thus eligible for COF. Students who attended private schools for their entire K-12 education and students who completed high school before 2003 would not have been assigned a SASID.

 

Participating Institutions

Adams State University – www.adams.edu

Colorado Mesa University – www.mesastate.edu

Colorado School of Mines – www.mines.edu

Colorado State University – www.colostate.edu

Colorado State University

Global Campus – www.csuglobal.org

Colorado State University

Pueblo – www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Fort Lewis College – www.fortlewis.edu

Metro State University

Of Denver – www.mscd.edu

University of Colorado

Boulder – www.colorado.edu

University of Colorado

Colorado Springs – www.uccs.edu

University of Colorado

Denver (Downtown) – www.ucdenver.edu

University of Colorado

Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus) – www.uchsc.edu

University of Northern Colorado – www.unco.edu

Western State Colorado University – www.western.edu

Aims Community College – www.aims.edu

Colorado Mountain College – www.coloradomtn.edu

System Office – www.cccs.edu

Arapahoe Community College – www.arapahoe.edu

Colorado Northwestern

Community College – www.cncc.edu

Community College of Aurora – www.ccaurora.edu

Community College of Denver – www.ccd.edu

Front Range

Community College – www.frontrange.edu

Lamar Community College – www.lamarcc.edu

Morgan Community College – www.morgancc.edu

Northeastern Junior College – www.njc.edu

Otero Junior College – www.ojc.edu

Pikes Peak Community College – www.ppcc.edu

Pueblo Community College – www.pueblocc.edu

Red Rocks Community College – www.rrcc.edu

Trinidad State Junior College – www.trinidadstate.edu

Delta-Montrose Technical College – www.dmtc.edu

Emily Griffith

Technical College – www.egos-school.com

Pickens Technical College – www.pickenstech.org

 

How ASSET affects other state statutes

Are there any portion(s) of HB 06-1023 that remain relevant? (i.e. If the student did NOT graduate from a Colorado high school, does he or she still have to prove lawful presence?)

No. SB 13-033 strikes the language that requires institutions of higher education verify lawful presence for any person who applies for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education, including participation in the Colorado Opportunity Fund, college savings plans, and other aid relating to attendance at the institution.

How is House Bill 06-1023 affected by ASSET?

Senate Bill 13-033 removes the lawful presence affidavit required by HB 06-1023. Therefore, after the Bill is signed, institutions are no longer required to verify lawful presence for persons who apply for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education.

Does Colorado ASSET change any other existing CCHE Residency Guidelines?

Yes, the requirements for GED students changed. Students with a GED must complete three years of high school immediately preceding the test to qualify under this provision. There may be students in the system who qualified with three years in Colorado prior to receiving a GED who may be subject to domicile requirements if the student is not emancipated and under the age of 23, with parents living outside of Colorado. Permanent residents may now be considered for in-state tuition under this option. Previously, this pathway was only available to US citizens.

Who Is Eligible For Colorado ASSET?

If a student graduated on or after Sept. 1, 2013 they must have:

1.    Attended a Colorado high school for 3 years

2.    Graduated from high school or earned their GED

3.    Been admitted (not enrolled) to a Colorado state-funded college within 12 months of graduating

If a student graduated before September 1, 2013 they must have:

1.    Attended a Colorado high school for 3 years

·         As long as a student attended 6 academic terms from 3 separate academic years—and then graduated or received a GED—the student would satisfy the high school requirement.  (CDHE FAQ document)ASCENT is considered part of a student’s high school program and may be counted toward the 3 year academic residency requirement

2. Graduated from high school or earned their GED

3. Been admitted (not enrolled) to a Colorado state-funded college

4. If the student did not enroll in a Colorado state-funded college within 12 months of graduating high school they will have to prove they have been physically present in Colorado for the last 18 months.

 

Are reciprocity students from another state eligible?

Only students who attended a Colorado high school or completed a Colorado GED are eligible under Colorado ASSET. Out of State students who would attend under a reciprocity agreement are not eligible, as they did not attend a Colorado high school.

 

How can a student document 18 months of physical presence in Colorado?

Rent receipts, utility bills, receipts or letters from companies showing the dates during which you received service;

Employment records or, if you are self-employed, letters from banks and other firms with whom you have done business;

School records from the schools that you have attended in the United States, showing the name(s) of the schools and periods of school attendance;

Military records

Hospital or medical records concerning treatment or hospitalization, showing the name of the medical facility or physician and the date(s) of the treatment or hospitalization;

Official records from a religious entity in the United States confirming your participation in a religious ceremony, rite, or passage (e.g., baptism, first communion, wedding);

Money order receipts for money sent in or out of the country; dated bank transactions; U.S. Social Security card; automobile license receipts, title, vehicle registration, etc.; deeds, mortgages, rental agreements; tax receipts; insurance policies; receipts; postmarked letters.

 

How should campuses and students interpret “attendance” when applying for ASSET?

To satisfy the three-year attendance requirement, students must have enrolled in at least two academic terms (i.e., semesters) for three academic years in high school prior to receiving high school diploma or a GED; however, the terms do not need to be consecutive. Campuses should count academic terms appearing on a student’s high school transcript (or transcripts) to establish attendance.

 

Should students submit their transcript or diploma as documentation? Students may submit either. A high school transcript with the graduation date is compelling evidence for graduation and three years attendance. A diploma would also serve as adequate evidence of completion.

 

What documentation are institutions expected to collect from students?

Institutions determine which documents to collect, typically an official high school transcript(s) or a copy of the student’s GED. The registering authority shall determine if the evidence is satisfactory and verify if necessary

Record retention policies at each governing board apply for ASSET students should be consistent with other tuition classification retention policies to support the registering authority’s decision in the event of an audit.

 

Is there a “Grandfathering” clause?

No. Undocumented students who attended high school in Colorado for fewer than three years, regardless of the time they have been physically present in the state, are not eligible to qualify for in-state tuition classification under SB 13-033.

 

What is the maximum length of time between when the student graduated from high school or received a GED and when they must enroll in a college?

To qualify for in-state tuition under the Bill, students who attend a Colorado high school for at least three years and then graduate from a Colorado high school or earn a GED on or after September 1, 2013 must be admitted into a Colorado institution, or attend an institution of higher education under a reciprocity agreement, within 12 months of graduating or earning a GED.

Any student who does not have lawful immigration status and attended a Colorado high school for at least three years and then graduated from a Colorado high school or earned a GED prior to September 1, 2013, but was not admitted to an institution within 12 months of graduating or earning a GED, is eligible for in-state tuition if the students can document 18 months of continuous physical presence in Colorado prior to enrolling in an institution.

 

What about proof for home-schooled students?

Colorado home-schooled students should provide evidence of their registration with a Colorado school district and a copy of that district’s high school diploma.

 

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Do Colorado colleges and universities have to verify lawful presence of applicants?

No, ASSET strikes the language that requires institutions of higher education to verify lawful presence for any person who applies for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education, including participation in the Colorado Opportunity Fund, college savings plans, and other aid relating to attendance at the institution.

 

If a student can produce valid evidence of having received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), must he or she also complete the affidavit required by SB 13-033?

Yes. Any student seeking in-state under the SB 13-033 who does not have lawful immigration status must complete the affidavit. However, a student who has applied for or received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will have “applied for lawful presence” as set forth in the affidavit. To ensure all students are complying with the law, students without a Social Security card and driver’s license should complete and submit an affidavit.

How does the ASSET legislation work compared to the federal Deferred Action rules?

Senate Bill 13-033 provides alternative options for demonstrating eligibility for in-state tuition classification only. It is not directly tied to Deferred Action. If a student can provide documentation that he or she resides in Colorado and has acceptable evidence of domicile, such as a valid driver’s licensure and/or social security number, the student may qualify for in-state tuition under existing tuition classification laws and policies.

 

Affidavits

Affidavits: What is required?

Beginning in May 2013, students complete an affidavit at the College Opportunity Fund site. The affidavit requires applicants who do not have lawful immigration status to affirm that he or she has applied for lawful presence or will do so as soon as he or she is able to do so.  

 

Is the affidavit a onetime requirement or must it be completed every academic term?

The affidavit is a onetime requirement that will be maintained centrally by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Evidence of completion of the affidavit will be provided to campuses electronically. This will allow ASSET students to complete and submit the affidavit only once.

 

Local district and area vocational institutions do not participate in COF. How would students attending a non-COF institution provide an affidavit?

Students enrolling at Aims Community College, Colorado Mountain College, Emily Griffith, Pickens Tech, or Delta-Montrose Area Technical College should complete an affidavit on the COF website. Paper-based affidavits are also allowed.

 

Is there documentation or a written statement that needs to be collected with the affidavit to show students are taking steps to become documented?

No additional documentation besides the affidavit is required to be submitted to complete the process.

 

College Opportunity Fund and Financial Aid 

Are ASSET students eligible for state or federal financial aid?

ASSET students ARE NOT eligible for federal or state funded financial aid

Pell Grants

Work Study

State Merit Aid, Loans, or scholarships

Federal Merit Aid, Loans or scholarships

ASSET does not make a student eligible for other benefits offered by the state or federal government.

ASSET students ARE eligible to apply for and be awarded:

Scholarships and other financial aid that is generated from each individual schools funds or private beneficiaries donating money to individual schools where US or Colorado residency is not required.

Hourly-wage jobs created by individual institutions (not work-study

 

Senate Bill 13-033 states that students may be eligible for institutional funds. Under HB 06-1023, institutions were told that students without lawful presence could not receive institutional aid. Has this changed?

Yes. While ASSET students are ineligible for federal or state funded financial aid, SB 13-033 eliminated the requirement that institutions verify lawful presence prior to awarding institutional financial benefits relating to the cost of attendance.

 

Will ASSET students at COF participating non-profit private institutions (Regis, DU, and Colorado Christian University) be eligible for COF in the same way as other resident students are eligible?

No. Under current law all students attending non-profit private institutions must qualify as Pell eligible in order to receive COF. Federal law does not extend Pell eligibility to undocumented students.

 

It appears that ASSET will help streamline the registration process for students so that COF is automatically authorized for students. Is that correct?

No, the ASSET legislation allows students without lawful presence to qualify for in-state tuition and the College Opportunity Fund. ASSET students will need to complete a COF application and authorize the COF like any other student eligible for COF.

Are students who attended private Colorado high schools issued a SASID?

Students who attend private K-12 institutions are not assigned SASIDs (State Assigned Student Identifier). A student may be able to request a SASID from its local public school district, but the capacity for issuing SASIDs upon request may vary by district.

If the student attended any public school after SASIDs were introduced in 2003, the student would have been assigned a SASID and will be matched in the database, thus eligible for COF. Students who attended private schools for their entire K-12 education and students who completed high school before 2003 would not have been assigned a SASID.

 

Participating Institutions

Adams State University – www.adams.edu

Colorado Mesa University – www.mesastate.edu

Colorado School of Mines – www.mines.edu

Colorado State University – www.colostate.edu

Colorado State University

Global Campus – www.csuglobal.org

Colorado State University

Pueblo – www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Fort Lewis College – www.fortlewis.edu

Metro State University

Of Denver – www.mscd.edu

University of Colorado

Boulder – www.colorado.edu

University of Colorado

Colorado Springs – www.uccs.edu

University of Colorado

Denver (Downtown) – www.ucdenver.edu

University of Colorado

Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus) – www.uchsc.edu

University of Northern Colorado – www.unco.edu

Western State Colorado University – www.western.edu

Aims Community College – www.aims.edu

Colorado Mountain College – www.coloradomtn.edu

System Office – www.cccs.edu

Arapahoe Community College – www.arapahoe.edu

Colorado Northwestern

Community College – www.cncc.edu

Community College of Aurora – www.ccaurora.edu

Community College of Denver – www.ccd.edu

Front Range

Community College – www.frontrange.edu

Lamar Community College – www.lamarcc.edu

Morgan Community College – www.morgancc.edu

Northeastern Junior College – www.njc.edu

Otero Junior College – www.ojc.edu

Pikes Peak Community College – www.ppcc.edu

Pueblo Community College – www.pueblocc.edu

Red Rocks Community College – www.rrcc.edu

Trinidad State Junior College – www.trinidadstate.edu

Delta-Montrose Technical College – www.dmtc.edu

Emily Griffith

Technical College – www.egos-school.com

Pickens Technical College – www.pickenstech.org

 

How ASSET affects other state statutes

Are there any portion(s) of HB 06-1023 that remain relevant? (i.e. If the student did NOT graduate from a Colorado high school, does he or she still have to prove lawful presence?)

No. SB 13-033 strikes the language that requires institutions of higher education verify lawful presence for any person who applies for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education, including participation in the Colorado Opportunity Fund, college savings plans, and other aid relating to attendance at the institution.

How is House Bill 06-1023 affected by ASSET?

Senate Bill 13-033 removes the lawful presence affidavit required by HB 06-1023. Therefore, after the Bill is signed, institutions are no longer required to verify lawful presence for persons who apply for educational services or benefits from state institutions of higher education.

 

Does Colorado ASSET change any other existing CCHE Residency Guidelines?

Yes, the requirements for GED students changed. Students with a GED must complete three years of high school immediately preceding the test to qualify under this provision. There may be students in the system who qualified with three years in Colorado prior to receiving a GED who may be subject to domicile requirements if the student is  not emancipated and under the age of 23, with parents living outside of Colorado. Permanent residents may now be considered for in-state tuition under this option. Previously, this pathway was only available to US citizens.

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