Morgan Community College is an open-door institution which allows any student to attend, regardless of citizenship. We value our diverse student body. Below we address some of questions undocumented students may have.

4 Things to Know about DACA

Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.

DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until their expiration dates. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

No new DACA applications will be accepted.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.

DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.

If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.

Advanced parole to travel abroad is no longer available.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for Advance Parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.

FAQ

Morgan Community College is an open-door institution which allows any student to attend, regardless of citizenship. We do not ask for immigration status, but we ask about citizenship status. This helps determine your tuition. Undocumented, ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow), and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students should choose the “Non-U.S. Citizen” option on the application.

Undocumented students cannot receive federal or state financial aid. They may have to pay non-resident tuition.

  • In Colorado, undocumented students can apply for ASSET to pay in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund (COF) tuition discount.
  • ASSET students who have also applied for and received Federal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) can qualify for in-state tuition and the COF tuition discount.
  • Undocumented students may apply for scholarships, including scholarships awarded by the MCC Foundation.

In most cases, the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) protects education records. We would only share information about immigration status if an official produces a legal order (subpoena or search warrant) to seek information on a student. We review all legal orders with our attorney before sharing documents.

We believe deeply in diversity and inclusion. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our policies mandate no discrimination or harassment of students, families, or employees based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or many other protected classes.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy established in 2012 under President Barack Obama.

DACA is an immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. DACA confers non-immigrant legal status but does not provide a path to citizenship.

President Trump’s executive order rescinding DACA includes a sixth-month transition period to allow congress time to address the issue legislatively.  If you are a recipient of DACA, consider contacting a licensed immigration attorney to determine your options (see American Immigrations Lawyers Association for a list.)

Please see “DACA – 4 Things to Know” for additional further information.

ASSET is a Colorado state law that allows some immigrant students to receive in-state tuition at Colorado public higher education institutions. It does not affect immigration status or lawful presence. ASSET cannot be rescinded by a president or federal administration in the same way DACA can. Visit the ASSET website for more information.

Consult an immigration attorney. For your own protection, do not seek advice from anyone except licensed immigration attorneysSee a list of resources. You can find an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in English or Spanish.

Undocumented, DACA, and ASSET students are not international students. International students have a student visa or intend to get a student visa to attend MCC. Their main residence is outside the United States. MCC welcomes students from around the world. Students on F or J visas have largely waived their rights under FERPA through the visa process.


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