DU is committed to minimizing any obstacles students may face. While undocumented students have limited eligibility for financial aid, and are not eligible for any federal aid such as the Pell grant and federal student loans, we're pleased to be able to offer certain types of funding from the University of Denver and the State of Colorado.
As with all students accepted to DU, we consider undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students for up $28,000 per year in merit scholarships. Students awarded a merit scholarship (with the exception of the Rocky Mountain scholarship) are also automatically awarded a $3,000 Residence Hall Grant. Talent scholarships are awarded based on achievements in athletics, music, theater, speech and art.
Additionally, DACA and undocumented students may be eligible for the DU Educational Grant. Because this grant is need-based, you must submit the CSS Profile to be considered. Please contact our office if you submitted the CSS Profile and wish to be considered for need-based aid.
Undocumented and DACA students may also be eligible for certain gift and endowed scholarships offered to current students by academic departments. To be considered for one of these awards, you must submit the Departmental Scholarship Application, which opens in February each year.
Colorado State Aid
Colorado’s House Bill HB22-1155 allows undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for two types of funding:
- Colorado Student Grant – up to $5,000 per year
- Colorado Work-Study – up to $3,000 per year (available for DACA students only)
To be eligible for this grant, you must:
- have graduated from a Colorado high school or was physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date you successfully completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; and
- have been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling at DU.
Steps to Apply for CO State Aid:
- Apply for admission to DU (if you aren’t already a student).
- Complete the CSS Profile application. Our school code is 4842.
- Submit the Colorado Residency Form to the University of Denver Registrar’s Office.
- Complete an affidavit with the College Opportunity Fund (COF):
- Go to https://cof.college-assist.org/ and click “Apply Now!”
- Enter your date of birth
- Select “I do not have or wish to provide my SSN” from the “Social Security #” drop-down and click Next.
- Choose “No” to the question about Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT.
- After choosing “No” to the immigration status question, select one of the two options listed for high school graduation or GED, and enter your information at the bottom of the page.
- Continue through the application and click “Submit.”
Please Note: Although you’re required to complete the College Opportunity Fund affidavit as a part of the application process, undocumented students are not eligible to receive COF at the University of Denver.
If you are interested in applying for Colorado aid, please contact our Associate Director, Nashwa Bolling, to help you through the process. She can be reached at 303-871-2307 or at Nashwa.Bolling@du.edu.
There are several organizations outside of DU that offer financial support for undocumented students looking for resources to help pay for college.
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