What is the Difference Between DACA and ASSET?

There is a lot of confusion about the differences between ASSET and DACA.. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Colorado ASSET are both public policies that affect our undocumented youth.

  • ASSET is a state law that only affects the price of attendance at a Colorado public higher education institution, and does not address other immigration issues. States do not have the authority to change federal immigration laws - they do have the power to pass laws that directly and/or indirectly affect the immigrant and undocumented populations within their state.
  • DACA is a federal policy change that has another set of criteria set by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.
  • Students who qualify for ASSET do not automatically qualify for DACA, and vice versa. A student may qualify for one but not the other, qualify for both, or qualify for neither.

For additional information and resourece, download this document about the difference between DACA and ASSET.

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