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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.
Now AB 540 has been expanded with the new SB 68 Bill! SB 68 expands AB 540 to enable students to count years spent at a California Community
College and Adult School towards
AB 540 eligibility. You can learn more about SB 68 in this info PDF!
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. You can learn more about the EOPS program HERE!
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.
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. You can learn more about Equity HERE!
Frequently Asked Questions for Undocumented Students: (ENG) (SPA)
Legal Support Resources
IMPORTANT UPDATE – PLEASE READ (as of July 19, 2021) – here’s what you need to know about deferred action for childhood arrivals:
The Texas federal court issued a ruling ordering USCIS to cease approving first-time applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Statement from USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Court Decision
“Pursuant to the July 16, 2021 Order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Texas v. United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is enjoined from granting initial DACA requests.
All individuals whose DACA requests 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. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide additional specific operational guidance in the coming days.
USCIS is proud to play an important role in implementing DACA. DACA recipients are students, military service members, essential workers, and part of our communities in every way, shape, and form. USCIS will comply with the court order, continue to implement the components of DACA that remain in place, and work on publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking designed to strengthen and fortify DACA.”
There will be changes to the DACA program in the upcoming months. Check back for updates. You can also check the NILC website or the NILC Twitter for the latest updates. Click here for the latest DACA Frequently Asked Questions (December 2020) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Current DACA cases remain valid, and people with DACA will continue to receive protection.
- DACA renewals will continue. People with DACA or who had it in the past are still eligible for the program and should renew at least five months before the expiration date.
- First-time DACA applications are on hold. No new DACA applications will be approved, including pending cases. It is unclear how filing fees and other logistics will be handled, but legal experts expect additional guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the coming weeks.
Additional Information and Resources
- Follow DACA updates from the National Immigration Law Center here.
- Click here for the latest DACA Frequently Asked Questions (August 2020).
- Read the full SCOTUS DACA decision here.
- Read ILRC’s summary of the SCOTUS DACA decision here.
Legal Support Resources
- Tahoe Immigration Law: Offers free legal consultation.
- Cristina M. Hughes Esq, Immigration Law: local South Lake Tahoe immigration attorney
- Immigration Legal Services, Ready California Find immigration legal help in your area
- California Community College Immigration Services (CCIS) Project
- The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has received additional funding to continue to support individuals with their DACA renewal fees. As a reminder, the funding covers the $495 DACA renewal application fee for income-eligible California residents. You can find a list of eligible legal service providers here.
- California Rural Legal Assistance, INC. provides low-income Californians free legal services related to employment, housing, public benefits, K-12 Education
- Steps to Renew Your DACA
- Start Here: DACA Continues
- Know Your Rights
- DACA and California Driver’s Licenses
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Results from a Nationwide Survey of DACA Recipients Illustrate the Program’s Impact
- How DACA Has Improved the Lives of Undocumented Young People
- Undocumented No More
- Resources for Undocumented Students from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
- Informed Immigrant’s Mental Health Guide
Guide to Accessing Higher Education (English, Spanish) - Provides tools and information to help students identify what type of college is a good fit for them, gain knowledge about how to apply, and learn options for paying for school.
Guide for Current College Students (English, Spanish) - Shares resources for how students can engage in on-campus advocacy and talks through some key points about campus safety for undocumented students.