Undocumented Students

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Undocumented Students

Welcome! Chaffey College and EOPS provide a safe space for all students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. This page provides information, resources, and support services for undocumented students.

If you are interested in participating in the Undocumented Student Resource program, please complete the Undocumented Student Resource interest form. You will be contacted by a team member. 

Assembly Bill 540 - Nonresident Tuition Exemptions

AB 540/SB 68 exempts students (including undocumented students) who meet eligibility requirements from out-of-state tuition fees.

Benefits: Qualifying for AB 540/SB 68 provides students with the ability to pay resident fees and apply for the state-based financial aid through the California Dream Act, if eligible. AD 540/SB 68 also allow eligible students to participate in EOPS. 


Students must meet the requirements for Part one and Part Two


Time and Coursework Requirements (either A or B):

  1. 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 this requirement)
  2. 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.



Degree or Unit Requirements (completion of any of the following):

  1. Graduation from a California high school or the equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC, CHSPE)
  2. Attainment of an Associate degree from a California Community College
  3. Fullfillment of the minimum transfer requirements from a California Community College to a UC or CSU campus


Benefits of being a part of EOPS as an Undocumented Student

  • Academic Counseling and Advisement
  • Personal Development Activities (e.g. workshops/field trips)
  • Referral to campus and community-based services or agencies
  • Develop a sense of community among your peers and EOPS


Can I apply to the EOPS Program?

Yes! Students who qualify for AB540 and completed a California Dream Act application are eligible to apply. Visit the EOPS home page to learn about the EOPS eligibility requirements.

*Students who qualify for AB 540 have completed a California Dream Act application and are eligible for the California Promise Grant A or B (formerly known as Board of Governors Fee waiver or BOGW)

*Undocumented students who qualify for AB 540 status can apply for state financial aid by completing the California Dream Act application.

For more information, please call (909) 652-6349 or (909) 652-6358 or email us at: eops@chaffey.edu


EOPS Undocumented Student Mentors

The EOPS Undocumented Student mentors aim to guide current EOPS undocumneted students through the transfer process. The EOPS undocumented student mentors provide guidance by sharing their personal and academic experience. You can ask them to share helpful information such as: 

  • Adjusting to university life
  • Steps to include to transfer successfully as an undocumented student
  • Financial Aid and Admissions & Records resources at the university you are transferring to
  • On-campus resources
  • Tips on staying motivated during your first year at a four-year university


Ask questions! The EOPS Undocumented Student mentors are here to help you navigate the world of academia. 

Cal Poly Pomona

Janneth Garcia, Psychology - jannethgarcia2013@gmail.com

Pomona College
Sichén Martinez, Psychology - sichen.martinez@gmail.com

UC Berkeley

Gissela Moya, Political Science - gissela.moya@berkeley.edu


Miriam Somera, English - somera.mi@gmail.com