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.
Implications of White House decision to end DACA
The White House's decision to end the DACA program has raised many questions and concerns. Pikes Peak Community College President Dr. Lance Bolton recently sent an email to students about how valuable our DACA students are to the college, and you can read that here.
Here is a quick overview of what this move at the federal government will mean and what it won't mean:
To wind down DACA, the Trump administration will do the following:
- Adjudicate (approve/deny) pending initial and renewal DACA applications based on the DACA requirements.
- Reject any DACA initial application.
- Put all pending travel permit applications (advance parole) on hold (administratively close).
- "Generally honor" valid advance parole documents.
- Consider renewal applications for those with DACA expiring on or before March 5, 2018, PROVIDED the applications were submitted by Oct. 5, 2017!
It will NOT terminate work permits or deferred action currently granted due to the change of policy alone.
What should the DACAmented do now?
- Contact an attorney before traveling abroad.
- Consult with an attorney about other options.
- Consider renewing your CO license to get another three years.
- Call your representatives and let them know your feelings about immigration reform:
Source: Center for Equity and Student Achievement, Metropolitan State University Denver.
Here is an official FAQ about DACA from the Department of Homeland Security.
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. You can find an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in English or Spanish.
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.
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 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. President Trump recently moved to end DACA, and Congress may or may not pass legislation to support DACA. 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.
If you have questions, please connect with Marcy Olague-Jamaica.
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.
Resources for DACA, Dreamers, and Undocumented Students
Scholarships (see full qualifications online):
El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. Scholarships – open to students regardless of citizenship status.
Hispanic Annual Salute – Must reside in Colorado and be a Hispanic Youth.
Latin American Education Foundation - open to Colorado residents regardless of legal residency status or citizenship.
Colorado Education Services & Development Association Scholarship – open to students without legal status.
Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders – Non-U.S. Citizens Eligible to Apply.
Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund – Open to migrant youth.
Scholarship America Dream Award – Open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Check out if transferring to a 4 year! Open to: U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).
Scholarships A-Z List of Scholarships List (regardless of immigration status).
Educators for Fair Consideration - Scholarship Resources
The Administrative Relief Resource Center has a search engine that allows you to get a list of all legal services near you.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has an online directory of attorneys.
The National Immigrant Justice Center allows you to request a legal consultation online or by phone.
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild has a state-by-state online find-a-lawyer tool.
The United States Department of Justice – Executive Office for Immigration Review provides information on how to find legal representation.
United We Dream provides information on how to get help.
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