Welcome DREAMERS and Allies!

 At Diablo Valley College, we recognize the dignity and value of the individual and continuously strive to provide opportunities for all those who seek an education. As advocates for the creation and maintenance of a safe place that supports education for all members of our community, we created this website as a resource for undocumented students, their families, and their allies.

AB-540 Student Resource Guide 

CCCCD Affirms Resolution for students:


A message from our Chancellor

10 important facts undocumented students should know

1) DREAMERS and Allies

The term “DREAMER” has been used to describe young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, who have lived and gone to school here, and who in many cases identify as American and consider the United States home. In 2012, a group of DVC staff, faculty, and students gathered to create the DVC DREAMers Alliance. Our goal is to gain an understanding of the undocumented student experience in order to provide support services that meet the unique needs of our students.

2) The Butterfly

The butterfly has been adopted by various immigrant rights organizations and activists to symbolize the beauty of migration. Like the monarch butterfly, human beings cross borders in search of safer habitats in order to survive. At DVC, the butterfly is a symbol of solidarity and support for undocumented students.

3) The Federal DREAM Act is not the same as the California DREAM ACT

The term “DREAMER” was originally derived from The Federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The goal of the Federal DREAM ACT is to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who grew up in the United States. It was first introduced in Congress in 2001. However, to this day, the Federal Dream Act has not yet passed. Young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children do not have pathways to citizenship. Although pathways to citizenship are not available for undocumented youth, some states (like California) passed their own versions of the DREAM Act.

The California Dream Act was passed in 2011 and enabled eligible undocumented students to receive state funded financial aid and privately funded scholarships. The California Dream Act has nothing to do with immigration or pathways to citizenship. It is only for the purposes of receiving state financial aid.

4) DACA is not the same as the Federal of the California DREAM Act

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an executive order by President Obama which granted eligible undocumented youth a 2-year renewable temporary relief from deportation and a social security number for work authorization. DACA does not currently provide a long term pathway to citizenship. DACA is not related to the California Dream Act and students do not have to be DACA eligible to apply for the California Dream Act and vice versa— each program has its unique eligibility criteria.

5) Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition

Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a law that was passed in 2001 that allows undocumented students that meet certain eligibility requirements to pay resident ($46/unit) instead of non-resident ($269/ unit) fees. To apply, submit the California Nonresident Tuition Exception Request Form to the Admissions and Records Office.


6) Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition

Cal Grant eligible students will receive up to $1670/ year for educational expenses. In addition, the Cal Grant may also cover full cost of tuition at the UCs and CSUs for students who are planning to transfer. To apply for the Cal Grant program, the California DREAM Act application and the GPA Verification Form must be submitted by March 2 of the application year.

7) Undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver

Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 may apply for the Board of Governor’s (BOG) Fee Waiver Program which waives the $46/unit fee at DVC. To apply for the BOG Fee Waiver, fill out the California DREAM Act application. Please note the fee waiver does NOT have a March 2 deadline and students may continue to apply throughout the academic year.

8) Undocumented students are eligible to apply for EOPS

Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 and the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver may apply for EOPS. The EOPS Program's primary goal is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students disadvantaged by language, social, economic and educational circumstances, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic counseling, book vouchers, free tutoring, and other support services. To apply, please visit the EOPS Office.

9) DVC has a scholarship specifically for undocumented students

All undocumented students are encouraged to apply for the DREAMers Scholarship at DVC. To qualify, students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and be a continuing student. Students applying for this scholarship do not have to be AB540 eligible and the information on your application will be kept strictly confidential. In addition to the DREAMers Scholarship, undocumented students may also apply for other scholarships that do not require U.S citizenship as a selection criteria. For more information regarding the application process and requirements, please visit the Scholarship Office.

10) Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid

Undocumented students are not eligible to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive any federally funded student financial aid, including: Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, work-study, and student loans. Students who are recipients of a social security number from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not eligible to apply for FAFSA.

Contact DVC Dreamers

Contact: Emily Stone 
Telephone: 925-969-2113 
Email: estone@dvc.edu 
Office location:  SSC, Pleasant Hill campus map