Undocumented Students

ACC is committed to being an inclusive, open access, and welcoming college for all who have a desire to learn. As such, we have resources available to assist students and employees.
For students, the Student Life staff is accessible to address questions and refer you to helpful resources. Additionally, Counseling services are available through the Student Life office to help you process through the anxiety and fear you may be experiencing.
Employees in need of assistance should contact the ACC Human Resources office to connect with options for resources. Additionally, members of ACC’s College Diversity and Inclusivity Project are available should employees feel the need to reach out to them.

Does ACC ask for immigration status when students apply?

Arapahoe 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. Please contact the ACC Admissions office if you need assistance.

How does immigration status affect tuition?

Undocumented students cannot receive federal or state financial aid. They may have to pay non-resident tuition.

  • In Colorado, eligible, undocumented students may qualify for ASSET and be eligible to receive in-state tuition and the College Opportunity Fund (COF) tuition discount.
  • ASSET students who have also applied for and received Federal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) can qualify for in-state tuition and the COF tuition discount.
  • Undocumented students may apply for scholarships, including scholarships awarded by the ACC Foundation.

Will ACC 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.

How does ACC ensure that no student is discriminated against or harassed because of race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin?

At ACC, we believe in diversity and inclusion. We do not 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.

What should I do if I believe I am or have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?

If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment, please fill out our Refer a Concern form. Our CARE Team will then take action and investigate the situation.

What is ASSET and how does it work?

ASSET is a Colorado state law that allows eligible undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at Colorado public higher education institutions. It does not affect immigration status or lawful presence. ASSET cannot be rescinded by a president or federal administration in the same way DACA can. Visit the ASSET website for more information.

How can I better understand my immigration rights?

Consult an immigration attorney. For your own protection, do not seek advice from anyone except licensed immigration attorneys. See our list of resources. You can find an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in English or Spanish.

Do similar policies apply to 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 ACC. Their main residence is outside the United States. Learn more about obtaining a student visa and admission to ACC as an international student at arapahoe.edu/international.


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