Resources for Undocumented Students
Our mission is to empower Panthers, who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal goals. At Chaffey College, we have approximately 1,000 AB 540 students on our campuses. They are with us to pursue educational goals and/or to gain current job skills. They positively contribute to our campuses and communities daily. For our students and the Dreamers across our nation. Therefore, Chaffey College provides services, resources, and support to undocumented students on our campus.
Dreamers – AB540, and DACA Students
The DREAM Act (short for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) was a bill in Congress that would have granted legal status to certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and went to school here. Although several versions of the bill have been introduced in Congress since 2001, it has never passed. Who are the Dreamers?
In the last few years the term “DREAMer” has been used to describe young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, who have lived and gone to school here, and who in many cases identify as American. The term DREAMer originally took its name from the bill in Congress, but it has a double meaning about the undocumented youth who have big hopes and dreams for a better future.
- Apply for the CA Dream Act
- Submit by March 2nd, when required
- Successfully meet
- income guidelines
- GPA & other Cal grant eligibility
- AB 540/ AB 2000/ SB 68 eligibility
- Program requirements for EOP or EOPS
Note: DACA is not required to apply for the CA Dream Act. DACA is a federal program, while CA Dream Act is a state-based financial aid program.
The CA Dream Act allows AB 540/ SB 68 students to apply for:
- State-funded grants (including Cal Grants, State grants, UC Grants & the CA College Promise Grant)
- State programs such as EOP & EOPS
- Certain scholarships administered by the public institution
- Financial aid fee deferments, if applicable
- Apply for the CA Dream Act at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
- If necessary, complete any additional application materials required by your school (e.g. CA & College Promise Grants, institutional scholarships, etc.).
- Review and accept award on school’s portal.
- Confirm and accept Cal Grant, if applicable.
- Resolve any outstanding holds on your student portal.
- Ensure your institution approves AB 540/SB 68 classification.
Any student, other than a non-immigrant alien, who meets all the following requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges in California (the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California).
General Eligibility and Residency
- The law does not grant residency; it requires that certain nonresident students be exempted from paying nonresident tuition.
- This benefit is available to all U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and aliens who are not non-immigrants (including those who are undocumented), who meet all other eligibility criteria.
- Students must meet all requirements to be eligible for exemption.
- The exemption is not available for persons who are absent from California, but who are taking distance education classes from California Community Colleges.
Students must meet the requirements below:
1: Time and Coursework Requirements (either A or B):
(A) Attendance for three full-time years or the equivalent at any combination of the following:
- California high school
- California adult school (including non-credit courses offered by a California community college) *
- California community college (maximum of two years of credit courses can count toward
(B) Three years of California high school credits, along with three years of total attendance at a California elementary school, California secondary school, or any combination of the three.
2: Degree or Unit Requirements (completion of any of the following):
- Graduation from a California high school or the equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC, CHSPE)
- Attainment of an Associate degree from a California Community College
- Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements from a California Community College to a UC or CSU campus
If you believe you are eligible for AB 540, please complete the following forms:
For Dreamers submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For US Citizens submit by email to email@example.comOnce the documents have been reviewed, you will be contacted by a residency advisor.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of temporary administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to give eligible immigrants who came to the United States when they were children protection from deportation. DACA gives certain undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit.
What Are The Requirements For DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.
Financial Aid - FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops
The Chaffey College Financial Aid Department holds numerous workshops throughout the year regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Dream Act application. Financial aid staff provide one-on-one assistance to students who attend.
Financial support can be found through financial aid, on-campus and off-campus scholarships.
- The Chaffey College Financial Aid Office helps all students fund their education. The office is located in the student services administration building.
- California Student Aid Commission
- Receive FAFSA/Dream Act assistance application every week on Wednesdays from 2pm-3:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am-10:30am. Register for our zoom workshops by completing this application.
- Soñadores (Dreamers) Endowment Scholarship with the Chaffey College Foundation
The California Community Colleges remain committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status, and to providing safe and welcoming environments in which to learn. We will do all within our power to assist students affected by this decision, and we will advocate tirelessly in Congress for a permanent resolution to this issue.
- Todec Legal Center - as a Chaffey College student you would be able to schedule appointments directly
with TODEC legal representative.
Request an appointment online: Student – include that you were referred by Chaffey College.
- Immigrants Rising
- Federal Dream Act
- American Immigration Council
- California Dream Act
- Resources for California Dream Act Application
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- National Immigration Law Center Updates
- Immigration Legal Resource Center
- Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students
- Information on obtaining an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
- THE DREAM.US Partner Colleges
- My Undocumented Life
- Expert Advice and Resources for Undocumented College Students
- Students' Guide to DACA Phaseout
Supportive Organizations and Resources
- Be Informed, Know Your Rights
- ACLU - Know Your Rights
- CHIRLA - Know Your Rights/Conoce Tus Derechos
- iAmerica - Know Your Rights
- National Immigration Law Center
- REFORMA Resources
- Los Angeles Public Library - DACA Resources
- My Undocumented Life
- California Community Colleges - I Can Afford College
- Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
- Educators for Fair Consideration
- ILRC - Immigration Legal Resource Center plus DACA Info
- Teaching Tolerance
- United We Dream
- Immigration Advocates Network: Immigration Legal Services Directory
- SBCSC - San Bernardino Community Service Center
Undocumented Support Team
To schedule an appointment with a team member please click on their cards below.
To Learn more about EOPS services email Myra Andrade.
If you have any questions, please submit your inquiry.
Faculty Advisor: Neil Watkins
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Financial Aid Workshops
Every Wednesday from 2 – 3:30pm and Every Friday from 9:00am to 10:30am
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years with assistance from Financial Aid staff over Zoom on Wednesdays from 2-3:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am to 10:30am. Registration is required through this link.
Undocumented Advocates Committee
Ruth Delgado, Counselor
Fontana Campus, FNLC-117
Fabiola Espitia, Counselor
Fontana Campus, FNFC-121
Lizzete Garcia, Counselor
Fontana Campus, FNLC
Thalia Garibay, Counselor
Rancho Cucamonga Campus, AD-191
Monica Molina, Counselor/Puente Coordinator
Rancho Cucamonga Campus, SSA-112
Neil Watkins, English Coordinator/Club Advisor
Myra Andrade, Counselor
Maritssa Bonilla-Guerra, Scholarship Specialist
Albert Rodriguez, Panther Care Manager
RuthAnn Garcia, Transfer Center Director
Statements for Dreamers & DACA Recipients
Chaffey College Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s action to end DACA:
“At Chaffey College, we stand behind the words of California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz that the decision to end DACA is “a heartless and senseless decision that goes against American ideals and basic human decency.” The 800,000 lives affected by this decision are people who are law-abiding, educated and fluent in English. They serve in our military, teach in our classrooms and are the doctors, lawyers, scientists and leaders needed to continue building this strong nation. All of them were brought to this country as children and see this nation as their home.
“At Chaffey College, we have approximately 1,000 AB 540 students on our campuses. They are with us to pursue educational goals or to gain job skills. They positively contribute to our campuses and communities daily. For our students and the Dreamers across our nation, we urge Congress to find a permanent solution to this issue. At Chaffey College, we will remain committed to providing educational access to all students in the communities we serve regardless of their immigration status as written in our Governing Board Resolution in February 2017.”
The Classified Senate provides Classified Professionals with a formal participatory voice in supporting the College’s mission, vision, core values and promoting a successful learning environment for students. As an integral part of the college community, the Classified Senate strives to actively contribute to the growth and success of ALL members of Chaffey College. We encourage Classified Professionals and all other recipients of this email to continue to proudly stand by our students’ rights to obtain support and pursue educational and vocational opportunities at Chaffey College.
The Chaffey College Faculty Senate stands in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) students at Chaffey College.
Faculty inspire students to reach their goals, and have high academic and professional aspirations. Serving the “whole student” and developing safe, learning-centered environments is the cornerstone of our values. The Faculty Senate embraces equity principles, which include respect for students and all employee groups at the college, the dignity and diversity of all students, and the capacity of all students to learn, grow, and succeed. – Faculty Senate Pride Statement
And to this end, the Faculty Senate is dedicated to providing access, opportunity, and support services to all DACA students as they pursue their educational goals at Chaffey College. As faculty leaders, let us stand in unity in support of our DACA student’s ability to learn and participate in all aspects of the educational opportunities afforded to them with freedom and hope. Our student’s rights are human rights, which are indivisible.