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.
CCCCD Affirms Resolution for students:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 may apply for the California Promise Grant (formerly known as Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver) Program which waives the $46/unit fee at DVC. To apply for the Promise Grant (BOG Fee Waiver), fill out the California DREAM Act application. Please note the Promise Grant (BOG Fee Waiver) does NOT have a March 2 deadline and students may continue to apply throughout the academic year.
Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 and the California Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors 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.
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.
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.
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