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:
For additional resources and information on DACA, please visit the following to stay up-to-date:
Financial Aid Resources for undocumented students:
How to Apply for 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).
Additional Resources for the CA DREAM Act Application
- 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?
- Students must have attended high school in CA for three year 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 Dream Act Service Incentive Grant (DSIG)
The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) encourages California Dream Act Application (CADAA) students with a Cal Grant B award to perform community or volunteer service. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester) to 2,500 eligible students. The grant will be available to the student for up to 8 semesters while they have an active Cal Grant B award. Students will need to apply annually to participate in the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG).
What are the grant requirements:
- Must have a completed and submitted California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for that academic year.
- Must be an active recipient of a Cal Grant B award for that academic year.
- Must have financial need
- Complete community or volunteer service hours in that academic year. Students shall perform at least 150 hours per semester.
- Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Qualifying community or volunteer service organization
- A nonprofit defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Any federal, state, or local government entity.
- Any school on the Cal Grant Eligible Schools list on the CSAC website.
- Shall be established a minimum of two years before the first date on which a participating student begins performing service hours.
- Qualifying Service Organizations shall register with CSAC.
How do students apply for DSIG?
Step 1: Apply for the California Dream Act Incentive Grant Program
Step 2: Request payment from the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program
Students can request payment after performing at least 150 hours per semester of community or volunteer service. Students can complete the Payment Request form
to request payment.
For more information:
Visit the Overview for Students Webpage for information, Frequently Asked Questions, and additional program details: www.csac.ca.gov/dsig
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AB 60 Driver's License
Did you know you may be eligible for a CA State License?
AB 60 driver's licenses (DL) are for individuals who are unable to provide proof of legal presence in the United States (U.S.) but who meet CA DMV requirements and are able to provide proof of identity and CA residency.
For more information about AB 60, please visit the DMV Page.
Document Options for an AB 60 California Driver's License
Professional Licenses in the state of California
SB-1159 Offers professional licenses to anyone who completes the necessary training and other state licensing requirements, regardless of immigration status. Applicants without a Social Security Number can provide an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) when seeking a license.
For more information on SB-1159 and resources, please visit the following links:
Know your rights handouts:
Other campus resources (CCC, UC, or CSU)
Webinars for undocumented students
Public Charge Update
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
Student Services Coordinator, First Year Support Center
Undocu-liaison for Santiago Canyon College