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Admission information for undocumented students

Our commitment to undocumented students

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

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. 


Application and Admission Resources

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.

Identifying citizenship status on the application

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.

Eligibility for in-state tuition

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. Learn more and apply for ASSET

In general, you will need to:

  • Have attended high school in Colorado for three years right before you graduated
  • Be admitted to a participating college within twelve months of graduating
  • Sign an affidavit, if you are not legally present in the U.S., saying that you are currently seeking or will seek legal status as soon as you are eligible.

Financial aid and scholarships

While undocumented students do not qualify for student aid from the state of Colorado or US federal government, they are eligible to receive 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.

Special note about the FAFSA

Undocumented students do not have access to federal need-based financial aid and should not file a FAFSA.


Resources for undocumented students

  • Colorado Asset for more information on qualifying for in-state tuition in Colorado
  • El Centro for support, resources and events for current FLC Students
  • United We Dream for information on initiatives, policy and news related to undocumented students

There are also many resources on campus and in the community to support immigrant and undocumented students in their success.

List of Resources