I’m undocumented and live in Colorado. Can I apply to CSU?

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Our answer to this question is a resounding YES!

Here in the Office of Admissions, we work closely with undocumented applicants who live in Colorado, and we encourage you to consider a future at Colorado State.

CSU has a supportive community

At CSU we believe that college is within reach, regardless of your citizenship status.

We offer tools and support to help undocumented applicants successfully pursue an education. This includes one-on-one application assistance and an opportunity to receive in-state tuition rates via ASSET.

And the support won’t end when you become a student. Our campus is full of individuals who work hard to make sure CSU is a place where all students can succeed.

As a Ram, you will have the opportunity to be part a supportive community that we call a C4E, or Community for Excellence. The goal of C4E is to make sure you succeed at CSU. Mentors and advisors will work with you closely and connect you to resources at CSU.

In addition to C4E, CSU also provides free tutoring, welcoming diversity offices, a Dreamers United student organization, and a campus that’s not afraid to show its support.

The high level of support and community that we offer will lead you on a path of success: three in four of our first-year ASSET students are still with CSU their senior year.

Your personal information is safe

Your immigration status stays with you and you alone. All the information you share with us is private.

As an undocumented applicant, sharing your personal information may understandably cause fear and anxiety. We’re here to assure you that the information you share with us in your application about both you and your family is confidential.

All schools, including colleges and universities, are bound by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law protects applicants and current students from having their personal information shared.

Being undocumented does not affect your application

CSU does not consider immigration status when making an application decision. Legally you do not need to prove citizenship to be admitted.

Make sure your application is filled out correctly by following these instructions:

  • As you complete your application, list the country that you were born in under the citizenship section.
  • Under “Visa type,” select “Do Not Currently Hold a Valid U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa”.
  • After you submit your application, you may notice that you are listed as non-resident. Don’t stress – after your admissions decision is made, you can complete the ASSET eligibility form to be considered for the in-state tuition rate.

We have people available to help! Se habla español.

The CSU admissions office is ready to answer your questions. We have staff members who are fluent in both English and Spanish and want to support to undocumented students and their families.

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Learn how to qualify for in-state tuition rates and scholarships.

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Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.