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Undocumented Students

Pikes Peak Community College is an open-door institution which allows any student to attend, regardless of citizenship. We do not ask for immigration status, but we ask about citizenship status. This helps determine your tuition. Undocumented, ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow), and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students should choose the “Non-U.S. Citizen” option on the application.

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What should the DACAmented do?

  • Contact an attorney for additional questions regarding advance parole options
  • Consult with an attorney about initial DACA application or renewal options
  • Consider renewing your Colorado drivers license for another three years
  • Call your representatives and let them know your feelings about immigration reform:​​​
    Find your representatives
    Find your senators

Visit the official FAQ about DACA from the Department of Homeland Security.


Need Counseling?

PPCC Counseling Center’s mission is to support student success by providing information and services related to emotional wellness. The Counseling Center is sensitive and places a high value on the dignity and worth of individuals. Therefore, it is our belief that all persons should be accepted for who they are, and we recognize and encourage each individual’s potential for personal growth and change. PPCC Counseling Center values confidentiality and operates within the ethical guidelines of counseling. If you have questions or concerns please contact the Counseling Center at 719-502-4689.

 

Undocumented Student Information

What we do to ensure no student or family, is discriminated against because of race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

We believe deeply in diversity and inclusion. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our policies mandate no discrimination or harassment of students, families, or employees based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or many other protected classes.

Would PPCC ever share immigration status with federal immigration officials?

In most cases, the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) protects education records. We would only share information about immigration status if an official produces a legal order (subpoena or search warrant) to seek information on a student. We review all legal orders with our attorney before sharing documents.

Understanding Immigration Rights

Consult an immigration attorney. For your own protection, do not seek advice from anyone except licensed immigration attorneys.  Consider visiting these organizations for additional resources:

 

Immigration Status and Tuition Classification

Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but can be eligible for Colorado state financial aid and in-state tuition, which can make the cost of college very affordable. 

  • In Colorado, students who meet Colorado residency requirements are eligible for in-state tuition regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
  • Students who qualify for in-state tuition via ASSET legislation, are also able to receive the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend from the state of Colorado which helps reduce the cost of tuition. Apply for COF online.
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Questions?

If you have questions, please connect with Zach Lebsock.

Email: Zach.Lebsock@ppcc.edu

Phone: 719-502-2237

WhatsApp: 719-368-0136

International Students

Undocumented, DACA, and ASSET students are not international students. International students have a student visa or intend to get a student visa to attend PPCC. Their main residence is outside the United States. We welcome students from around the world. For questions about international student issues, visit International Students. Students on F or J visas have largely waived their rights under FERPA through the visa process. Visit the international student site for more.

DACA Students

DACA is based on an order from former President Obama. It is a federal policy that applies to many young people who immigrated to the United States as children. It has allowed them to apply for a renewable, two-year period where the government would defer action on their immigration status.

If you are a recipient of DACA, consider contacting an immigration attorney now to determine your options. Additional information can be found at American Council on Education DACA Issue Brief and in the accompanying DACA Update article.

State Financial Aid for ASSET Students

Beginning Fall 2019 students who are non-US Citizens may qualify for Colorado State Financial Aid. They must meet the requirements to be an ASSET student and must provide documentation of low income eligibility. 

Requirement to be considered an ASSET Student: 

Receiving in-state tuition based solely on attendance at a high school in Colorado for at least three years immediately preceding the date the student graduated from a Colorado high school or the date they completed a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Colorado.

 

More Info about ASSET

Resources for DACA, Dreamers, and Undocumented Students

Scholarship Opportunities:
Resources:

*Please note that this is not an endorsement or approval of the sponsoring groups or any of the services, information or opinions in the links. CCCS is not responsible for the accuracy of the external site or for that of subsequent links. You may contact the external site for answers to questions regarding content.