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In Colorado, DACA and undocumented students are eligible and should apply for:

  1. State-funded financial aid (such as the Colorado College Responsibility Grant or state-funded workstudy for work-eligible students). To apply, student should complete the DIAIA form and online scholarship application (see below), and additional documents may be requested from the Office of Financial Aid
  2. Financial aid directly from the institution (also requires completion of CASFA form and online scholarship application)
  3. Off-campus state or national scholarship opportunities (see below: "Off-campus Scholarships for Immigrant Stduents")

Permanent Residents, citizens, and approved-status refugees/asylees can apply for financial aid using FAFSA. Federal financial aid is currently not available for students with DACA, TPS, or undocumented status.

 

For the 20/21 academic year, DACA-status, undocumented, and international students need to complete the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid form to apply for financial aid form the state or the school. This income assessment form assesses the financial need for the student's household and tax or income information is needed to complete this document, and it needs to be completed for each academic year.

The student also needs to complete the online scholarship application every year. 

For more information on financial, please refer to the Office of Financial Aid. or make an appointment with Immigrant Services to get help completing the form: 

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ImmigrantServicesProgramAriadna@msudenver.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ 

 

For detailed information & tips about the 2021/22 CASFA, check out our CASFA Guide !

 If you’re a student apply for the CASFA here.

 

Starting on October 1st, 2020, Colorado ASSET students are able to apply for state financial aid through an online application called the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). You can apply for the CASFA here.

What is CASFA?

The Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) is a safe, confidential, and easy way to apply for state financial aid or workstudy, and/or financial aid directly from MSU Denver.

Who should complete the application?

You should complete the CASFA if you are a graduate or undergraduate student in Colorado who is not eligible for financial aid from FAFSA. This includes:

* DACA & Undocumented students                    * Non-resident students                * International students

When should I complete it?

CASFA becomes available each year in October to apply for financial aid for next year’s fall and spring semester. For example, the CASFA to apply for aid for the ‘21 fall and ‘22 spring semester became available in October 2020, and it is a good idea to complete as soon as you can.

What do I need to complete the CASFA?

To complete the 2021/22 CASFA, you will need your – and potentially your parents’ – 2019 federal tax return or income information. Males between 18 and 25 also need to complete the Selective Service Registrationwww.sss.gov/register/

 

The Scholarship handout SP21 (updated January 2021) provides an overview over some national, state, and local (off-campus) scholarships and links or instructions on how to apply. We usually update this guide once a year. 

 

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

Due: December 31, 2020

Award: $500

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: STEM

Eligibility: • Currently enrolled student working toward a STEM degree • Identify as underrepresented student, which may be defined by gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality, etc • GPA requirement: 3.0 Link: www.aftercollege.com/company/aftercollegeinc/10/scholarship/242/

 

Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Due: December 31, 2020

Award: $7,500

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Community College Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Technology or Law

Eligibility: • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, college, university or law school

Link: www.simplr.ai/scholarships

 

MarvelOptics.com Scholarship Program

Due: January 5, 2021

Award: $1,500

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: • Current, full-time student at a 2 or 4-year American college

Link: marveloptics.com/blog/scholarship-program

 

American Water Works Association Scholarships

Due: January 10, 2021

Award: $5,000 - $30,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: STEM

Eligibility: • Enrolled at colleges or universities in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Mexico or Puerto Rico • Check website for scholarship-specific eligibilities • AWWA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for any scholarships, awards or fellowships • GPA requirement: Varies by scholarship

Link: www.awwa.org/Membership-Volunteering/ Students-Young-Professionals/AWWA-Scholarships

https://www.awwa.org/Membership-Volunteering/Students-Young-Professionals/AWWA-Scholarships/Scholarship-FAQ

 

NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Awards

Due: January 15, 2021

Award: $500

Academic Level: High School Junior or Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: Business, Marketing, Finance or Hospitality

Eligibility: • Current NSHSS or DECA member • GPA requirement: 3.5

Link: https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/s/nshss-deca-icdc-conference-scholarship/

 

The Altman & Altman Law School

Scholarship Due: January 15, 2021

Award: $1,500

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study:Law

Eligibility: • Current undergraduate or law student in a JD, LLB or LLM program • Preference for students in Boston metropolitan area

Link: www.altmanllp.com/scholarship.htm

 

Ascent Law Scholarship

Due: January 17, 2021

Award: $1,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Law

Eligibility: • All college students and law school students

Link: www.ascentlawfirm.com/scholarship/

 

Radio Television Digital News Association

Scholarships Due: January 17, 2021

Award: $1,000 - $2,000

Academic Level: College Junior or Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: • Full-time sophomore or higher in a college or university for the upcoming academic year • Interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism or broadcast media

Link: www.rtdna.org/content/scholarships

https://rtdna.site-ym.com/page/rtdnfapplication?_ga=2.137719664.1108962625.1607720663-1671987291.1607720663

 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Due: January 17, 2021

Award: $7,500 - $15,000

Academic Level: College Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: Public Service

Eligibility: • Graduating senior from a college or university in the U.S. pursuing public service anywhere in the world • Must submit brief abstract of the proposal and estimated budget

Link: www.samuelhuntingtonaward.org/apply

 

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Due: January 21, 2021

Award: $500 - $5,000

Academic Level: College Junior or Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: • Junior or senior enrolled full-time at accredited 4-year college or university in the U.S. during the fall semester

Link: eliewieselfoundation.org/prize-ethics/contest/

 

Point Foundation Scholarship

Due: January 28, 2021

Award: $2,000 - $4,800

Academic Level: High School Senior, Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: • Must be “out” as a person identified as a member of the LGBTQ community • Enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate or doctoral program • Students in post-doctoral research programs are not eligible

Link: pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/

 

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Due: January 31, 2021

Award: Varies

Academic Level: Undergraduate

Student Region: National

Field of Study: STEM

Eligibility: • Current AIAA Student member in good standing • Completed at least 1 academic semester of full-time college work • Enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or U.S. Territories (unless noted otherwise) • GPA requirement: 3.3

Link: www.aiaa.org/get-involved/students-educators/scholarships-graduate-awards/eligibility-requirements

https://www.aiaa.org/get-involved/students-educators/scholarships-graduate-awards/eligibility-requirements

 

California Teachers Association Scholarships

Due: January 31, 2021

Award: $3,000 - $5,000

Academic Level: High School Senior, Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: Regional

Field of Study: Public Education

Eligibility: • Be a dependent child of active member of CTA, CTA/ NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member attending/ attended continuation high school or alternative education program

Link: www.cta.org/scholarships

 

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Due: March 1, 2021

Award: $1,000

Academic Level: High School Student

Region: Check website for regions

Field of Study: Any

Eligibility: • Have stood up to intolerance, worked towards greater inclusivity and encouraged understanding and harmony in their communities

Link: princetonprize.smapply.io/prog/princeton_prize_ in_race_relations/

https://princetonprize.smapply.io/

https://pprize.princeton.edu/apply

 

May Firm Injury Scholarship

Due: January 15, 2021

Award: $1,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student, Community College Student

Region: National Field of Study: Any Eligibility: • Enrolled in a community college or university

Link: mayfirm.com/scholarship

 

Diversity Conference Scholarship

Due: January

Award: $1,200

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: STEM

Eligibility: • Enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD program at a 4-year college or university • Pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related STEM field • GPA requirement: 3.0

Link:

https://careers.microsoft.com/students/us/en/usscholarshipprogram

 

Microsoft Tuition Scholarship

Due: January

Award: Full tuition

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student

Region: National Field of Study: Computer Science/Engineering or related STEM discipline

Eligibility: • Enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the U.S. • Demonstrate record of academic achievement and excellence • Show satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in STEM discipline • GPA requirement: 3.0

Link: careers.microsoft.com/students/us/en/ usscholarshipprogram

 

PRSA Foundation Scholarships

Due: January

Award: $300 - $7,500

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: National Field of Study: Public Relations

Eligibility: • Check website for scholarship-specific eligibility criteria and due dates

Link: www.prsafoundation.org/scholarships-awards/

https://www.prsafoundation.org/scholarships-awards/

 

Public Relations Student Society of America Scholarships

Due: January

Award: $1,000 - $2,400

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Public Relations

Eligibility: • Open to PRSSA members • Check website for specific scholarship eligibility criteria and due dates

Link: prssa.prsa.org/scholarships-and-awards/ individual-scholarships/

https://www.prsafoundation.org/scholarships-awards/axia-public-relations-scholarship/

 

BMI Student Composer Award

Due: February 1, 2020

Award: $500 - $5,000

Academic Level: Under the age of 28

Region: National

Field of Study: Music

Eligibility: • Be engaged in the study of music with a recognized and established teacher (other than a relative) • Born on or after February 2, 1992 Applicants must be age 27 or younger as of the competition deadline • Must be a citizen of a country in the Western Hemisphere

Link: bmifoundation.org/programs/info/bmi_student_ composer_awards

 

CISE Undergraduate Scholarship

Due: February 1, 2021

Award: $2,000

Academic Level: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Industrial Engineering

Eligibility: • Active institute member as reflected on or before the October chapter roster • Enrolled full-time in graduate or undergraduate industrial engineering programs • Must have a graduation date of May/June 2021 or later • GPA requirement: 3.4

Link: www.iise.org/Details.aspx?id=857

 

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

Due: February 4, 2021

Award: $3,448

Academic Level: College Senior, Graduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: Biology or Zoology

Eligibility: • Advanced undergraduate or 1st or 2nd year graduate student currently enrolled in degree programs • Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible

Link: sicb.org/grants/hyman/

 

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program

Due: February 7, 2021

Award: $1,000

Academic Level: College Junior or Senior, Recent Graduate, Graduate Student

Region: Not currently enrolled at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Field of Study: Humanities

Eligibility: • Rising senior, bachelor’s degree holder or student currently in terminal M.A. program • From educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline • Students currently applying to enroll in a doctoral program for Fall 2020 are not eligible • Must be DACA-eligible

Link: rackham.umich.edu/rackham-life/diversity-equityand-inclusion/michhers/

 

The Guide (updated December 2020) provides an overview over some national, state, and local (off-campus) scholarships and links or instructions on how to apply. We usually update this guide once a year. 

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