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ASSET and Applying for Financial Aid

A guide for ASSET students applying for financial aid.

ASSET Students

1. What steps must DACA/undocumented students complete in order to be considered for institutional financial aid at your college?

  • Students must be fully admitted before applying for institutional monies.  
  • Students are welcome to complete a DAIA (Dreamer Student Application for Institutional Aid) DAIA - Dreamer and International Student Application in place of the electronic FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students must have a complete financial aid file in order to receive any type of institutional monies. 

2. What steps must ASSET students complete in order to qualify for in-state tuition? 

  • Complete and submit the ASSET Application Form along with any pertinent supporting documents to Admissions (new students) or Registrar (continuing students).
  • If you were previously admitted as an ASSET student you will need to renew your application each year.

3. How are the above processes communicated to ASSET students?

  • New students are sent an email once their application has been processed indicating that they may be eligible for ASSET. If they would like additional information, they are directed to the Office of Admissions and a link to the application form.

4. What support services and resources does the institution provide to ASSET students?

5. For more information on Colorado ASSET please visit: 

6. To fill out a DAIA form please visit: 

7. Additional Scholarship Resources:

DACA Students

1. What is DACA?

  • DACA - Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

2. You May Request DACA if:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday. 
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15; 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

3. Age Guidelines:

  • Anyone requesting DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. You must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order.

4. For More Information About DACA:

To Qualify for Colorado ASSET In-State Tuition

Frequently Asked Questions

Should undocumented students submit a paper or online FAFSA?

If a student is planning on attending MSU Denver then it is always best for students to submit the paper dreamer application (DDAIA/IDAIA), in place of the FAFSA. If a student is planning on attending a different university, the student should contact the university’s financial aid office about their policies regarding a paper or electronic FAFSA.

What if an undocumented student has already submitted an electronic FAFSA online? Should they still submit the paper application?

Yes – Students who are undocumented and have submitted an electronic FAFSA, still need to submit the dreamer application, with all tax information, to the Office of Financial Aid at MSU Denver. 

When undocumented students submit a FAFSA that clearly indicates they are ineligible for federal student aid, will the centralized FAFSA processing system calculate an Expected Family Contribution for them?

No – When the SSA verification shows a mismatch, or confirms that a student with a DACA SSN is ineligible for federal student aid, an EFC is not calculated by the central processor. The FAFSA is rejected, but processed and the information will be sent to the colleges included on the form. MSU Denver students can fill out the Dreamer Application (DAIA), and the institution will be able to calculate an accurate EFC. 

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