California Dream Act
September 14, 2017 Update: The San Francisco-based non-profit Mission Asset Fund (MAF) has scholarship funds available to cover the costs for California community college students who need to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives (DACA) status before the October 5 deadline. MAF has dedicated scholarship funds specifically to help California community college students, along with CSU and UC students, pay for the $495 DACA renewal fee.
DACA students who are interested in applying for this scholarship opportunity should visit http://lc4daca.org to learn more and to complete the online application. Scholarship applicants will need to complete a short questionnaire and provide their documentation of DACA status with an expiration date on or before March 5, 2018 to qualify for the financial aid.
September 5, 2017 Update: Today's decision from the White House on the "unwinding" of DACA does not impact our students' ability to attend our college, qualify for an exemption from
non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. These are state programs that
are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.
Current DACA students: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum today on the rescission
of DACA. The program was NOT terminated - rather, a 6-month window was created by
the administration for Congress to put the program into legislation. For now:
- Anyone with a DACA status can continue to enjoy the benefits of the program, including deferred action and work authorization.
- DHS does not intend to terminate an individual's DACA status prior to its stated experation.
- An individual whose DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018 may still apply for a renewal of their DACA status, but the application for renewal must be accepted by October 5, 2017.
- See DHS' memorandum on DACA here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/memorandum-rescission-daca
Fill out a California Dream Act application today!
What is the California Dream Act?
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive non-state, privately-funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, or Cal Grants.
Who Is Eligible?
How to Apply
If you are eligible based on the above criteria, you may qualify for:
EOPS: Provides above-and-beyond academic, career, and personal counseling; priority registration; additional tutoring; book vouchers to purchase required textbooks; transfer planning; UC and CSU application fee waivers; school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils) and more.
Cal Grant: Awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), may be renewed each year if recipients continue to meet eligibility requirements. All students who are California residents and high school graduates (including AB 540 students) are encouraged to apply. March 2 is the deadline to apply for the next school year. A DREAM ACT application as well as verification of grade point average must be submitted by the deadline. For continuing LTCC students, verification of grade point averages are automatically sent to CSAC in an electronic format for all potentially eligible students.
Foundation for the Future: Provides up to $1,000 for South Tahoe High School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA and have financial need. Turn your FFF application into the Financial Aid Office located in the One-Stop.
Scholarships: Lake Tahoe Community College offers a number of scholarship opportunities each spring quarter to current students. The criteria and requirements are different for each scholarship, though most students will qualify for at least one. Please check our Scholarship Bulletin Board and the Financial Aid page in Passport for scholarship details.
Equity: Free mentoring services; priority registration; access to the free quarterly textbook lending program; additional counseling services including career guidance and academic planning; free trips to nearby colleges to encourage progression; visits to cultural events and more.
LTCC News on Diversity
February 15, 2017 - Board Resolution on Diversity, Undocumented Students
November 16, 2016 - LTCC Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusivity, Diversity