Santiago Canyon College is committed to all student's success, regardless of immigration status.
If you need to speak to someone, please feel free to contact one of our DREAMer Task Force Members. They are here to assist and ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students regardless of immigration status.
When you see the SCC Dreamer Ally decal at various locations on campus, you will know that you have found an ally that you can freely ask questions and gather important information. The visible presence of this decal tells you, the student, that you have found an individual and/or department that is informed regarding policies relating specifically to the needs of undocumented students, Dreamers, and AB 540-eligible students, and can provide important information regarding helpful services on campus.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Update:
Effective December 4, 2020, USCIS must begin to process DACA first-time requests. This includes all people who were eligible for the program but were not able to apply before the September 2017 termination, and those who applied after the June 2020 Supreme Court decision but had their request rejected.
A person may be eligible for DACA if they:
- Were born after June 15, 1981;
- Came to the United States before their 16th birthday;
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and when applying for DACA;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 until the present;
- Meet certain educational requirements or were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; and
- Have not been convicted of certain crimes
Individuals who are interested in applying for the program should consult legal services provider to see how they can prepare and file a request. To find legal services in your area, visit: Immigration Advocates Network
For additional resources and information on DACA, please visit the following to stay up-to-date:
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:
- Student has urgent need for funds to relieve emergency situation due to COVID-19
- Actively enrolled in at least 6 units
- Must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
- Residency Status is noted as DACA or AB540 with SCC's Admissions & Records Office (SCC A&RO)
- Student has declared SCC as his/her Home Location with SCC's A&RO
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 some general information and local resources you can take advantage of.
Resources during COVID-19:
How to Apply for 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).
What is AB540?
- 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 California 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 eligibility.
Know your rights handouts:
Other campus resources (CCC, UC, or CSU)
Webinars for undocumented students
Public Charge Update
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 email@example.com
Resources for Educators:
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