DACA/ASSET

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If you are undocumented, ASSET eligible, or a DACA recipient, first speak with International Services at the Lakewood Campus before completing the free online application. Red Rocks Community College is here to help you understand how the program you fall under relates to your college studies. As a DACA/ASSET student, you will be fully supported by the office of International Services.

Talk to Financial Aid about options for funding your education.

For students who are Undocumented, ASSET eligible, DACA recipients, or are unsure of their immigration/legal status:

Red Rocks Community College is committed to providing a quality and accessible education to all of our students. Current and prospective students with no legal status or with a complicated legal status should speak with the International Student Services & Programs Department to determine if they may be eligible for a program that would allow them to receive Colorado resident tuition. Even if you are not interested in receiving resident tuition, please still speak with the International Student Services & Programs staff so we can advise you on your next steps.

International Student Services & Programs can be contacted at international@rrcc.edu or at (303) 914-6416. During this meeting, we can help you determine which of our new student applications best suits your needs. We can also make sure you have submitted your application correctly to avoid any issues.

NEXT STEPS

  1. After meeting with International Student Services & Programs and working with them to fill out an application, they will have a conversation with you about the next steps for your specific situation. At this time, they may work with you to complete the College Opportunity Fund (COF) Affidavit, indicating that you earned your high school credential in Colorado, registered for college within one year after earning your high school diploma or GED, and that you either have applied for "lawful presence" or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. This will be explained in detail so that you can decide if it is something you are willing to complete.
  2. If it seems that you may be eligible for in-state tuition, you will then meet with the Red Rocks Community College Colorado Residency Specialist who will determine if you will be classified at our college as a Colorado resident for tuition purposes only.
  3. If you are eligible, the Colorado Residency Specialist will then direct you to the Red Rocks Community College COF Advisor. The COF Advisor will support you in applying for the College Opportunity Fund stipend, which will lower your tuition bill even more.
  4. At this point, you will also have the opportunity to work with the Red Rocks Community College Financial Aid Department to determine what types of financial aid you may be eligible to receive. While undocumented students and some types of international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, there are some scholarships available that do not have residency requirements. If you are an ASSET recipient, Financial Aid has a State Aid Application you should use to apply for state financial aid. For more information, contact the Red Rocks Community College Financial Aid Department.
  5. If there are any additional support services you need as you enroll and continue your career here at Red Rocks, please let us know and we will direct you to the right person!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is COF?

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a state stipend for Colorado residents. This is considered the state portion of your tuition. The COF stipend will lower your tuition bill by $40 per credit. You must be classified as a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and complete the COF process. Details on how to apply for and authorize funds from this program will be further discussed with you once it is determined that you qualify for in-state tuition. There is an affidavit with COF that applicants need to sign. The affidavit states that you have either applied for "lawful presence" or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. For more information visit: https://www.rrcc.edu/college-opportunity-fund for RRCC specific questions or https://highered.colorado.gov/Finance/COF/ for program specific questions.

What is ASSET?

Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow, or the Colorado ASSET law, allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges. It does not change a student’s legal status in any way, it simply allows for a student to be classified at the college as a resident for tuition purposes only. ASSET is a Colorado state law only, not a federal law. You can read the bill here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2013a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/E083F0BE76DFD8F087257A8E0073BFC9?Open&file=033_01.pdf and the interpretation here https://highered.colorado.gov/Finance/Asset/ASSETFAQ_03262016.pdf. More information about ASSET can be found on their webpage: http://www.ciccoloradoasset.org/.

Am I eligible for ASSET?

To qualify for Colorado ASSET In-State Tuition, a student must:

  • Have been enrolled for at least three years at a public/private Colorado high school immediately preceding graduation, or earning a GED.
  • Be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months of graduating from a Colorado high school or earning a GED.
  • If you graduated from high school or completed a GED before September 1, 2013, but did not get accepted into a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 months, you must provide proof of being physically present in Colorado on a continuous basis for at least 18 months prior to the start of the semester.
  • Work with your college to complete the COF affidavit indicating that you have applied for "lawful presence" or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so.

The college will help you fill out the appropriate paperwork and make the final determination on your eligibility for ASSET, but here is a chart so that you can see if it is a program you may qualify for.

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an executive order allowing undocumented children who met several guidelines to request consideration of deferred action and employment authorization. DACA is not active forever and must be renewed. Individuals apply for DACA on their own as it is a legal process. RRCC does not have the ability to provide application assistance but can direct you to resources if needed. Receiving DACA does not automatically make someone eligible for ASSET or in-state tuition. You would still need to undergo a Colorado residency determination. DACA is a federal program and is subject to federal changes. More information about DACA can be found here.

What is the difference between ASSET & DACA?

While both programs are aimed to support students who may not have a legal status, they have different goals. ASSET is exclusively about getting in-state tuition. DACA is about deferring deportation and providing work authorization, among other protections. Each law was implemented at a different level of government (state vs federal). Undocumented students may qualify for one, both, or neither of these programs. RRCC is here to help you understand how the program you fall under relates to your college studies. We are committed to providing you with any assistance you may need to enroll at Red Rocks Community College. For more information about the differences between ASSET and DACA, visit here.

STEP 1:  Apply to RRCC

  • Get started by completing the free online application. Use the Create Account option on the Welcome page and continue to complete the full application.

STEP 2: Complete Orientation

STEP 3: Complete academic testing requirements

  • You can find out which assessment(s) you’ll need to take by filling out a questionnaire here. You may need to submit additional documentation or take the Accuplacer Test. 

STEP 4: Meet with your Pathway Advisor

  • Meeting with your Pathway Advisor is recommended prior to registration. An Advisor will help you select courses, identify course prerequisites, obtain program information, evaluate placement results, assist with transfer planning to a four-year college or university, and prepare you for graduation.
  • Log into Navigate or call the Advising Front Desk at (303) 914-6275 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment in Navigate.

STEP 5: Register for classes

STEP 6: Activate your student email account in The Rock

STEP 7: Paying for College

STEP 8: Get your RRCC student ID card (if all of your courses are online, you will not be issued a student ID card.)

  • Go to the Student Life Desk at the Lakewood Campus.  You will need a photo ID and a copy of your current schedule which you can get online or in Admissions.  Information: (303)-914-6370