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.
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.
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:
- Catholic Charities of Central Colorado - Offering assistance in both English and Spanish
- The National Immigrant Justice Center - Allows the option to request a legal consultation online or by phone
- United We Dream - Offers workshops for initial and renewal DACA applications
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.
If you have questions, please connect with Zach Lebsock.
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.
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.
Resources for DACA, Dreamers, and Undocumented Students
- El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. Scholarships – open to students regardless of citizenship status
- 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)
- Colorado ASSET Program
- My (Un)Documented Life
- DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP)
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus
- Informed Immigrant
- Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association has an online directory of attorneys
- 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
- Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-8255 (24/7 crisis support), or text TALK to 38255
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