Undocumented Students

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 $25,000 per year in merit-based financial aid. These scholarships are considered on an individual basis, and the amount you can receive is based on your academic record.

We also 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.

Undocumented college students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Please see our Financial Aid section for more information on how to ease the financial stress of paying for college.

Financial Aid

Keep track of your progress

Get a printable version of the application process.

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Application Checklist

Submit Your Application

Choose a Deadline

  1. Nov. 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action
  2. If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Nov. 15
  3. Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision
  4. If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Feb. 1

What's the difference between the deadline options?

  1. Early Decision is a binding agreement between you and the University that you will attend DU if you're accepted. You can only apply Early Decision to one school, and if you're accepted to DU via Early Decision, you must withdraw your applications from other institutions. You should only apply Early Decision if you're sure you want to be a Pioneer.
  2. Early Action and Regular Decision are non-binding applications, and you can apply to as many schools as you like for these deadlines.

Fill out your application

  1. We accept both the Pioneer Application and the Common Application. You can fill out whichever application is easier for you, and we review both application types with equal attention.
  2. Both application types include an essay requirement.

Submit the application fee

  1. The application requires a $65 nonrefundable application fee.
    1. Pay online
    2. You can also pay by check or money order, mailed to Undergraduate Admission.
    3. If you're facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. We grant these on a case-by-case basis, and you should speak with your high school counselor to determine if you're eligible. We accept waiver forms from reputable sources like NACAC.

Submit Your Supporting Materials

Submit your test scores

  1. We require scores from either the SAT or the ACT. You are free to submit both, but this is not required.
  2. Submit your test scores via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
    1. SAT Code: 4842
    2. ACT Code: 0534
  3. We accept the writing portions of both tests. However, these scores won't be used in final admission decisions.
  4. Superscore: If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best subscores to create your best possible composite result.
  5. If you receive an application fee waiver you have the option to upload ACT and/or SAT test scores to your application status page. Simply log into your account to choose the "Student Submitted Test Score" material upload type and send your official test scores through our site. You may also email us at admission@du.edu. Once we verify the score report, we will complete the test score requirement for your application. Please note this process may take 24-48 hours to complete.

Send your transcript

  1. Send your official high school transcript or verification of a GED.
  2. Your high school counselor can send your transcript electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the Common Application.

Alternatively, your counselor can mail your transcript to this address:
Undergraduate Admission
University of Denver
Undersity Hall
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9401

Send your letters of recommendation

  1. We'll need to read a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.
  2. Counselors can use DU’s Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, the Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC form or a personal letter.
  3. You're welcome to submit additional letters from those that know you best and can speak to your academic abilities and personal qualities (a teacher, a coach, etc.). These letters are optional.
  4. A ZeeMee profile (a free service designed to help students bring their application to life by highlighting your personal story via photos, videos and text). Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application.

Additional Steps

Apply for need-based aid

  1. Complete your CSS PROFILE (available October 1)
  2. Request a Federal Student Aid ID
  3. Submit the FAFSA (available October 1)
  4. Submit a copy of your parents' latest W2 and tax return transcripts

Check your application status

You can use our online tool to check the status of your application.

Pay your deposit

If you've been accepted to DU and you want to join us as a Pioneer, submit your deposit online to confirm your spot.

Submit your deposit

Additional Resources

  • 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

    In addition to being considered for merit-based aid, there are several organizations outside of DU that offer financial support for undocumented students looking to attend college.

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