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Undocumented Student Resources

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Santiago Canyon College is committed to all student's success, regardless of immigration status.


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Santiago Canyon College has allocated Emergency Funding to assist our DREAMer/Undocumented students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. Your continued educational success at SCC is important to us; therefore, emergency grants are now available to help aid in these efforts. 

In order to qualify you must meet the requirements below:

  1. Student has urgent need for funds to relieve emergency situation due to COVID-19
  2. Actively enrolled in at least 6 units
  3. Must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Residency Status is noted as DACA or AB540 with SCC's Admissions & Records Office (SCC A&RO)
  5. Student has declared SCC as his/her Home Location with SCC's A&RO
  6. The SCC Financial Aid Office has received a valid 2019-2020 California Dream Act Application and/or student has completed a California College Promise Grant (CCPG) for the 2020-21 academic school year.

    Additional documentation may be requested by the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility

    In order to apply for these funds, please submit a DREAMer/Undocumented Student Emergency Aid Grant Request (PDF below) to the SCC Financial Aid Office by email to

    It is our hope this emergency funding will help support the continuation of your education as what happens at SCC matters.​

Undocumented individuals are not able to access unemployment benefits (DACA recipients may qualify), Medicare, federal social services, and resources/services from many federally funded organizations and programs. This leaves undocumented communities at risk of being left without the proper resources they need to survive. As a result, the list below provides you with s​​ome general information and local resources you can take advantage of. 

Resources during COVID-19:

How to Apply for the CA DREAM Act:​
  1. Submit a CA DREAM Act Application:
  2. Submit an AB540 Affidavit to Admissions and Records Office: AB540 form
  3. Apply to SCC!​
What is the CA DREAM Act?
  • The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB131). Together these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB540 law to apply for and receive private scholarships through public universities (AB130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB131).
  • Signed into law in October 2001, California Assembly Bill (AB540) is a bill that provides an exemption to the requirement to pay nonresident tuition. It was later adopted by the California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and the University of California (UC) systems. 
  • Any student who meets specific requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California.
What are the requirements for AB540?
  • Student must have attended high school in Calfornia for three years or more;
  • Student must have graduated from a California High School or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma (i.e., passed the GED or CA High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
  • Student must register or be currently enrolled in one of the three state institutions of higher learning (CCC, CSU, UC);
  • Student without immigration status must file an affidavit with the college or university stating that they/s/he will apply/legalize their/his/her status or will do so as soon as s/he is eligible to do so. 
  • Complete this online tool to learn if you qualify for in-state tuition: CA In-State Tuition Tool
AB540 expanded with SB68​
  • ​SB68 expands AB540 by counting years spent at a Community College and Adult School towards AB540 eligbility. 
Community Resources
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Are you interested in getting involved on campus?
  • Join United Students for Equal Education (U.S.E.E.), which is the student organization on campus that supports all undocumented students on campus. U.S.E.E. ​is dedicated to creating community among all students to ensure everyone has access to a fair and just education regardless of citizenship. For more information, please contact Kris C. (U.S.E.E. President) to get involved at
Scholarship opportunities:
For more information on how Santiago Canyon College Supports Undocumented Students please visit the following link: SCC Dreamer Resource Links


Contact Alejandro Ramirez
Interim Student Services Coordinator, First Year Support Center