Undocumented Students / AB540

"At a time when members of our undocumented communities are grappling with fear and uncertainty, the California Community Colleges has launched a number of initiatives to reassure everyone that our campuses will remain safe, welcoming places for people from all backgrounds to learn." - California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO)

In certain cases, students are classified as nonresidents but may be eligible for an exemption from paying nonresident supplemental tuition. Any student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California if all of the requirements have been met and an AB540 Affidavit is submitted.

  • Graduated with a California high school diploma or have the equivalent; and
    • attended a high school in California for three or more years; and
    • attained high school credit equivalent to three or more years of full time attendance;
  • or three or more years of high school coursework and attended a combination of California elementary, secondary, and high school for three years or more.
  • or attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and community college for the equivalent of three years or more.
  • or completed an associate’s degree from a California Community College.
  • or completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California.
  • Attendance at a campus of the California Community Colleges shall not exceed a total of two years of full-time attendance.
  • Must register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California;
  • Must file or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;
  • Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa

Undocumented students must complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

  • The free application opens October 1st for the following academic year
  • Submit your application before the March 2nd California deadline!

The CADAA extends Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, Cal Grant C awards, and Chaffee grants to students that meet these criteria.

To obtain more information on how to apply, please visit Apply Now.

  • The student must have:
    • attended a high school in California for three or more years, or
    • attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school course work and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years, and
  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam), and
  • The student must file an affidavit with the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

To obtain additional information about the Admissions & Records process, please visit their website.

Information derived from ADL is subject to change.

DACA is for individuals who have grown up as Americans from a young age and may identify themselves as Americans. Under current immigration law, even though they have lived in the U.S. most of their lives, most of these young individuals have no way to gain legal residency. DACA allowed certain individuals who came to the U.S. as children to request consideration for deferred action. These individuals must meet several guidelines to request consideration for deferred action. Currently, DACA is under deliberation. We will know further information come spring 2020 and will update our website to reflect.

To obtain additional information regarding DACA please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Information derived from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is subject to change.

Due to the current status of DACA, the USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action. We will know further information come spring 2020 and will update our website to reflect.

To obtain additional information regarding requesting DACA for the first time please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Information derived from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is subject to change.

Individuals may request renewal if they met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines and

  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and
  • Do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

 To request renewal of your deferred action, individuals must file:

  • Form I-821D
  • Form I-765
  • Form I-765 Worksheet
  • appropriate fee or approval fee exemption request

The above forms, along with additional information, can be found at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Alyia Pilgrim

Phone: (530) 283-0202 ext. 298

Email: apilgrim@frc.edu

Located in the FRC Financial Aid Office -
570 Golden Eagle Ave.
Quincy, California 95971

"At a time when members of our undocumented communities are grappling with fear and uncertainty, the California Community Colleges has launched a number of initiatives to reassure everyone that our campuses will remain safe, welcoming places for people from all backgrounds to learn.

California’s community colleges embrace diversity in all forms. We believe all people have the right to access quality higher education. College-bound undocumented students are courageous, resilient and resourceful. They often work to pay for school and help their families. Many have lived in California for most of their life and have attended elementary, middle or high school in the United States.

That’s why the California Community Colleges is proud to offer numerous services and protections to undocumented students, including up to 70,000 enrolled in our community colleges, who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. That’s why our colleges will not release personally identifiable student information related to immigration status unless required by judicial order. That’s why the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges has encouraged local districts to consider the system’s values when creating policies and practices related to undocumented students. And that’s why so many of our campuses have created Dreamer Resource Centers and hosted “know your rights” clinics.

It is vital that undocumented residents of California know their rights. For example, Assembly Bill 540 created a new exemption from the payment of out-of-state tuition for students who have attended a high school in California for three years and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. The legislation was critical because without it, undocumented students attending a California community college would be paying thousands of dollars in tuition each year as non-residents or international students.

California is home to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, and protecting our undocumented communities not only is the right thing to do, it is the economically wise thing to do. DACA recipients will contribute $460 billion to the U.S. economy in the next decade.

The California Community Colleges remains committed to standing with DACA recipients and other undocumented immigrants and providing them with educational opportunities."

- extracted from the CCCCO website.

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