In the state of California, undocumented students who have completed 3 years at a California high school can apply for an AB 540 affidavit to qualify for in-state tuition at qualifying California colleges and universities. The California Dream Act has made it possible for these students to receive state financial aid as well as privately funded scholarships. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features the campus resources offered to undocumented students at these California MSIs:
1) CSU Fullerton
CSU Fullerton offers the Titan Dreamers Resource Center as a safe physical space for students to study and receive support. The staff at the Center provides academic advising, financial aid guidance, counseling and wellness support, and referrals for legal support.
2) CSU Long Beach
Undocumented students at CSU Long Beach are also able to qualify for in-state tuition and state aid. The Dreamers Success Center provides several services to undocumented students including a laptop loan program and academic guidance as well as ally and literacy training for those who want to support undocumented students. CSU Long Beach is also home to Future Underrepresented Education Leaders (FUEL), a student organization that advocates for the rights of undocumented students.
3) CSU Sacramento
Undocumented students at Sacramento State can find support at the Dreamer Resource Center, which aims to support undocumented students and students with mixed-status families. The Dreamer Resource Center offers an array of services including a film series, success workshops, policy briefing sessions, support groups, ally training, and research fellowships as well as a scholarship database that includes scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or residency. Students can also join Dream Connections, a support group that works with Student Health and Services professionals.
4) San Jose State University
MOSAIC, SJSU’s Cross Cultural Center, offers an AB 540 Help desk that provides up-to-date information on policy and any immigration information that might affect the AB 540 students. Undocumented students and allies can also join Student Advocates for Higher Education, a support group for undocumented high school and college students.
5) University of California Irvine
UC Irvine’s student government released a statement of support and strives to create a DREAMer-friendly UC Irvine. The UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic offers pro bono resources to immigrant students and UC Irvine has declared itself an AB 540 Safe Zone.
6) University of California Riverside
UC Riverside is home to PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside), an organization that provides mentorship, financial assistance, and community building for undocumented students and allies. PODER collaborated with the Office of Student Affairs and Chicano Student Programs to develop a website of resources for undocumented students.
7) University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco welcomes undocumented students, as made clear in a statement by the president of USF who said, “Providing an education to students who are the descendants of immigrants from long ago alongside students who come to USF from abroad to study is a great example of this Jesuit preference. So too is our practice of educating ‘DREAMers,’ students who themselves stand with one foot each in two worlds, though often precariously.” The School of Law at USF also offers an Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic.