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DREAMers and Colorado ASSET Program

A  DREAMer is a student who is undocumented or who has DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

The University of Northern Colorado has been actively creating opportunities for DREAMers to be able to successfully obtain a degree at UNC. There have been various efforts that allow DREAMers to access a quality and affordable education.

Enrollment Coach and Recruiter

The Enrollment Management and Student Access Leadership team has a specific Enrollment Coach and University Recruiter dedicated to providing DREAMers with the tools to not only enroll, but to be successful students throughout their time at UNC. This Enrollment Coach is well versed in the variety of opportunities available and creates a bridge for this population to access the resources needed in order to make their career goals a reality. 

Rudy Vargas 

Meet Rudy 

Rudy Vargas
(Hablo Español)

Important Information 

  • UNC Admission Application

    To make sure you receive all of the DREAMer resources from your Enrollment Coach when you apply to UNC, you need to be sure to select that you are a “nonresident/non-citizen” in your Admissions Application. Then, please select “yes” for the “I am a DREAMer, undocumented or DACA student…” portion.

  • ASSET (In-state Tuition)

    DREAMers who meet certain requirement under the Colorado ASSET bill (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow) are able to receive in-state tuition and attend a public Colorado college or university. To be eligible for ASSET, your Enrollment Coach will send out the ASSET form for you to fill out after you graduate High School in mid to late-May. If you are a transfer student and have already graduated High School, please contact your Enrollment Coach.

  • College Opportunity Fund (COF)

    The College Opportunity Fund (COF) provides in-state students with a stipend of $75 per credit hour. UNC works with COF to ensure ASSET eligible students are able to receive this stipend by filling out a form and affidavit. UNC has created a close partnership with COF to streamline the application process. COF, in tandem with UNCs institutional aid, eases the financial barriers that exist for most DREAMers to attend college. To be eligible for COF, your Enrollment Coach will send out the COF form and affidavit for you to fill out after you graduate High School in mid to late-May. If you are a transfer student and have already graduated High School, please contact your Enrollment Coach.

  • Financial Aid for DREAMers

    UNC has an institutional aid package specifically for qualified ASSET students. This aid is awarded based on student need and family income. There are two forms of aid; one for students living off campus and another for those living on-campus. In addition to this specific institutional aid package, students who identify as DREAMers are also eligible for other institutional aid such as merit based scholarships. In order to verify eligibility for this aid, students must either fill out a FAFSA or our ASSET Aid Application for DREAMers. For more information, please visit our Office of Financial Aid.

    ASSET Aid Application for DREAMers

    We highly encourage DREAMers to also fill out UNC’s Universal Scholarship Application by the priority deadline (February 1st) to take advantage of the 600+ foundation based scholarships.

  • DREAMer Engagement Program (D.E.P)

    This program has been coordinated specifically for DREAMers during their first year at UNC. In this program, students will have the opportunity to meet other DREAMers, learn about campus events, receive resources, meet supportive faculty and staff, and be able to build a positive network of people to make your journey at UNC a fulfilling experience! Contact your Enrollment Coach to sign up or apply today.

    DREAMer Engagement Program Application is now open for the enrollment 2018-19 academic year.  Apply Here.

  • DREAMer Zone

    As an educational institution, UNC is also committed to support DREAMers beyond their financial needs. One non-aid based form of support that educates our students, staff, and faculty around the lived experiences of DREAMers is the DREAMer Zone training. This training is offered to the campus community to create an understanding of how to better support DREAMers inside and outside of the classroom.