Students Eligible under Colorado ASSET Bill

Effective Fall 2013, students who meet the qualifications for in-state tuition under the Colorado ASSET bill need to follow these steps to apply for university financial aid.

Submit all Residency Documents

You will need to provide CU Boulder with documentation that you attended a Colorado high school three years before you graduated or earned a GED as well as submit a signed affidavit to College Assist saying you are currently seeking legal status or will seek it as soon as you are eligible.

Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF)

Follow the instructions listed on the Registrar's website on how to apply for COF, which is a state benefit that reduces the amount of in-state tuition you pay. You will also be able to submit the affidavit mentioned above.

Apply for Financial Aid

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will not qualify for federal or state grants or loans; however, the application will help us determine if you qualify for CU Boulder-funded work-study and a CU grant up to $4,000 per year (as long as funds are available).

Tips on completing the FAFSA:

  • You should enter your social security number if you have one. If you don't have a social security number, enter 001-01-0001.
  • When asked if you are a U.S. citizen, select "No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen."
  • If your parents are also not legally present in the U.S. enter all 0's for their social security number(s).
  • You need to enter your and your parent's income; however, you will not be able to use the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA unless you have a social security number. If we need to verify income, we will ask you to submit a tax return transcript and/or other documentation. Learn more about IRS tax filing requirements.
  • You may not be eligible to apply for a FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA, so you and your parent may need to sign and mail or fax the original signature page to our office.
  • Submit the FAFSA electronically without signatures (you may get an error message, but submit it anyway)
  • Financial aid counselors are available to assist you. Just contact us!

Note: Deferred Action Status does not make you eligible for federal or state financial aid, so you'll want to follow the tips above.

Apply for Scholarships

If you have already been awarded a scholarship from the university, it will not be affected by your status as an in-state student under the ASSET bill (unless the scholarship is for out-of-state students). Students receiving private scholarships from outside the university should follow these instructions to have the checks sent to our office for processing.

The CU Boulder Scholarship Application is available until February 15 and some scholarships do not require U.S. Citizenship. For a list of scholarships available through this application, view the CU Boulder Scholarship Search Tool.

Here are a few of good resources: