DACA gives undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program requires that the DACA status and work permit be renewed every two years. On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum noting his administration’s intent to both preserve and fortify DACA. While it is not yet clear what the word “fortify” may mean for the future of DACA, it is apparent that this administration has – at the very least – committed to preserving DACA in its original form.
The original law from 2013, Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow (ASSET) allows eligible students to pay instate tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities if they meet certain qualifications. Legislation in 2019 further updated the law allowing ASSET students to receive in-state financial aid. The new law requires an institution to classify a student as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the student: attended a Colorado high school for at least one year before graduation or was physically present in Colorado for at least one year immediately preceding the date the student completed a high school equivalency examination in Colorado; and, has been physically present in Colorado for at least 12 consecutive months before enrolling in an institution.