Education without discrimination
We strive to foster a diverse and welcoming campus community for all students, regardless of background, race or immigration status. As part of that commitment, we welcome and encourage applications from students with an undocumented immigration status.
If you're an undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, we invite you to apply using our international student admission process.
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
As with all students accepted to DU, we consider all undocumented college students for up to $24,000 per year in merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are considered on an individual basis, and the amount you can receive is based on your academic record. Students awarded a merit scholarship are also automatically awarded a $3,000 Residence Hall Grant.
We reward exceptional talent in the arts and athletics through several specialized scholarships. These have separate requirements and criteria from merit-based scholarships and are typically renewable on a yearly basis.
While undocumented college students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, there are two types of aid available from the State of Colorado—the Colorado Student Grant and Colorado Work-Study. There are also a number of organizations that provide scholarships and resources to help you navigate the financial aid process.
Center for Multicultural Excellence
Our Center for Multicultural Excellence, together with our students, provide support services for undocumented students attending DU. We'll help you navigate the transition to college life and make sure that you have the resources you need for a successful college career. With academic advising, career support and organizations committed to welcoming undocumented students, the CME is here to help from your first day through graduation.
- Additional Scholarship Options
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are undocumented students?
Undocumented students are young people just finishing high school who were born outside the United States and do not hold a visa or legal residency status. Most have resided in the United States from a young age, and some have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
I'm a Colorado ASSET student. Can I use this at DU?
Colorado ASSET is a program that allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado's public universities. Unfortunately, because DU is a private university, ASSET status does not apply.
What is DU's policy on admitting undocumented students?
We welcome all students to apply regardless of residency and immigration status. If you are an undocumented or DACA college student, you should apply using the international student application process.
Are undocumented college students eligible for federal financial aid?
No. Please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information about financial aid eligibility.
Am I required to inform DU of my immigration status?
No. If you choose not to disclose your immigration status, you will be classified as an international student.