Students Lawfully Present in the U.S. (including DACA students)
DSF provides scholarship support to students who are ineligible to receive Federal Student Aid and are lawfully present in the United States.
- The Denver Scholarship Foundation will continue to provide scholarship support to eligible students who are lawfully present in the U.S. through the DACA program or have lawful presence through another USCIS program.
- IMPORTANT: If you are currently in the process of applying for lawful presence or legal status but you are not sure that you will receive approval by July 15, please contact the DSF Scholarship team right away at 303-640-6564 or denverscholarship.org/contactus.
- If your current DACA authorization has expired or will expire before July 15, 2020, we encourage you to re-apply for DSF for the 2020-21 academic year, so that you may be eligible for the scholarship in the event legislation is passed or the legal status of the DACA program changes. Visit https://www.nilc.org/ or https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction for the most up-to-date information about applying to renew your DACA.
- DSF is monitoring this issue closely and is committed to working with our partners to identify ways to provide support to our DACA/undocumented Scholars if the program ends. We will provide updates as information becomes available.
- DACA & other Dreamer students are valued members of the Denver Scholarship family, and we stand with you. Click here to see updated resources for Lawful Presence Information & DACA Renewal.
- Keep reading for more information on how to complete and submit the forms and documents to provide DSF with your proof of lawful presence.
As part of your application for the DSF Scholarship (as a New Applicant), you will sign an authorization form for DSF to receive information from Denver Public Schools about your free & reduced meal benefits. This information allows students who do not qualify for federal student aid to demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for the DSF Scholarship.
Instructions for Confirming Lawful Presence:
By July 15, 2020, for the 2020-21 academic year, you must:
- As part of your online DSF application, affirm that you are lawfully present in the United States for the 2020-21 academic year.
- Submit a copy of one of the following forms of acceptable documentation for proving your lawful presence in the United States:
- Photocopy of the front of a valid Employment Authorization Document.
- Photocopy of Form I-797 Approval Notice showing that your lawful presence is currently valid.
- Photocopy of Form I-821D (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) showing that your lawful presence is currently valid.
- Any List A document or combination of List B and List C documents from the Department of Homeland Security’s List of Acceptable Documents (located at the following link: USCIS I-9 List of Acceptable Documents).
- You may have another type of document that shows your lawful presence is currently valid. If you do, please submit it for DSF to review.
- In order to be considered for institutional financial aid and qualify for in-state tuition under ASSET, if applicable, you may be required to complete financial aid requirements (i.e. have a complete financial aid file) as defined by the Office of Financial Aid at your college.
Proof of your lawful presence must be submitted to DSF no later than July 15, 2020. You must submit valid proof each year, even if you submitted it in a previous year.
How do I submit?
To submit your documentation to DSF, please go to denverscholarship.org/contactus and complete the submission form. At the question “Are you uploading a document?”, please select “DACA – Proof of Lawful Presence.” Then click “Add File” to attach your proof. Be sure to include your first name, DPS/college student ID number, date of birth and high school in the email or on the first page of your documents.
FAQs & Additional DACA/Dreamer Resources
Looking for more information about whether you may be able to renew your DACA authorization, apply for a different type of immigration relief, or other immigration questions? Here are some resources to assist you: Resources for DACA/Dreamer Information & Renewal.
For information about financial aid for Dreamer/DACA students, click here.
Thinking about attending Community College of Denver (CCD), Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), or University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver)? Check out this new guide to resources for DACA/Dreamer students on the Auraria Campus (& share your feedback too):