At FLC, we are committed to creating a welcoming, supportive and respectful environment for all of our students, staff and faculty. This is no less true for students who have immigrated here, with or without documentation.
Additionally, we recognize that navigating the college application and admission process is more complicated for students living in the US without residency status.
Undocumented students are people who have entered the United States without US federal government inspection, or who remain in the US despite having overstayed their visas. They may be in the US with or without their parents. Either way, they face unique legal uncertainties and a variety of limitations in the US educational system.
The majority of undocumented students were brought to the US by their parents at an early age, and have lived a significant portion of their lives in this country, learning the culture, customs and languages of the US. Many undocumented students have spent most of their academic careers in the US K-12 educational system, excel academically, and aim to pursue a college education and make meaningful contributions to our society.
Students may apply to Fort Lewis College regardless of their immigration status, and all students are reviewed for admission using the same standards. There is no federal or state law prohibiting undocumented students’ admission to public or private colleges in Colorado.
When completing the online application, please answer the citizenship question accurately, indicating you are a not a U.S. Citizen. No other information regarding your immigration status is required, additional fields may be left blank.
The Advancing Students for a Strong Tomorrow (ASSET) law was signed into effect on April 29, 2013 and allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities as long as they meet certain criteria. View the ASSET Student Aid Application.
In general, you will need to:
Additionally, on May 13, 2019, Gov. Jared Polis signed HB19-1196 into law rendering ASSET students eligible to receive state financial aid.
While undocumented students do not qualify for student aid from the US federal government, they are eligible to receive financial aid from the State of Colorado as well as scholarships, including the New Mexico Reciprocal program and other scholarships at Fort Lewis College. Some scholarships require separate applications and have their own deadlines, while others are automatically considered during the admission process. Please read about our scholarships or call us to make sure you access available resources.
Undocumented students do not have access to federal need-based financial aid and should not file a FAFSA.
There are also many resources on campus and in the community to support immigrant and undocumented students in their success.
List of Resources