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Santiago Canyon College is committed to all student's success, regardless of immigration status.


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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:

What does the Texas Decision Mean for DACA Recipients? (credit: Immigrant Legal Resource Center -ilrc) 

  • Current DACA cases remain valid. People who currently have DACA keep their DACA protection and work permit. Nothing has changed with already-approved DACA cases. 
  • DACA renewals continue. People who have DACA now or had DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their cases. Pending renewals will be processed normally. 
What does this mean for DACA-eligible individuals who have applied for their initial DACA? 
  • First-time DACA applicants are on hold.
  • No new DACA application will be approved at this time. The decision has blocked USCIS from approving new DACA cases. This means that those who have submitted an initial request (i.e., those that never had DACA) and have not received an approval from USCIS will have their application held. This applies to all initial requests that were not approved prior to July 16, 2021. 
What about people who were preparing to file their first request?
  • The judge's decision prohibits USCIS from approving any first-time DACA applications at this time. USCIS can accept initial DACA applications but will not issue any decision on them. 
  • It is unclear at this point whether there is any benefit to requesting DACA for the first time now and having an application pending. (More guidance will come soon!)
What if someone was first granted DACA for the first time? 
  • If you recently granted DACA for the first time, your DACA will remain valid.
  • You should plan to renew your DACA in the future and in the meantime stay informed about changes and updates to the DACA policy. 
What about requests for Advance Parole?
  • ​According to USCIS, "All individuals whose DACA request were granted prior to this decision will continue to have and be eligible to renew DACA, and to request and receive advance parole, consistent with the court's order."
What does the decision mean for DACA overall? 
  • We will likely hear more about DACA soon - both from USCIS and from the Biden Administration directly.
  • People will continue to fight to protect DACA and the legal case will continue in the courts. 
  • It is important to stay informed and to speak with a trusted legal service provider about your specific case!
What can I do now? 
  • Talk with a legal service provider to better understand how this decision may impact your case. Find a legal expert in your area here:
  • If you are eligible to renew your DACA, renew your case now! Speak with a legal service provider to get screened and informed about your options.
A person may be eligible for DACA if they:
  1. Were born after June 15, 1981;
  2. Came to the United States before their 16th birthday;
  3. Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and when applying for DACA;
  4. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
  5. Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, until the present; 
  6. Meet certain educational requirements or were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; and
  7. 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:

  1. Student has urgent need for funds to relieve emergency situation due to COVID-19
  2. Actively enrolled in at least 6 units
  3. Must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  4. Residency Status is noted as DACA or AB540 with SCC's Admissions & Records Office (SCC A&RO)
  5. Student has declared SCC as his/her Home Location with SCC's A&RO
  6. 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

    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 s​​ome general information and local resources you can take advantage of. 

Resources during COVID-19:

How to Apply for the CA DREAM Act:​
  1. Submit a CA DREAM Act Application:
  2. Submit an AB540 Affidavit to Admissions and Records Office: AB540 form
  3. Apply to SCC!​
What is 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. 
California Community Colleges Immigration Legal Services Provider: 
Community Resources
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
Scholarship opportunities:
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