Undocumented Students

The DVC Dreamers Alliance is here to help undocumented students and provide support services that meet their unique needs.

The term “Dreamer” is 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 identify as American and consider the United States home.

The California Dream Act means eligible undocumented students can receive state funded financial aid and private scholarships. The California Dream Act has nothing to do with immigration or pathways to citizenship. It is only for receiving financial aid.

Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition

Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) allows eligible undocumented students to pay resident tuition ($46/unit) instead of non-resident tuition ($300/unit). To apply, submit the California Non-resident Tuition Exemption Request Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

Undocumented students are eligible to apply for the Cal Grant

Cal Grant eligible students will receive up to $1,670/year for educational expenses. 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 are eligible to apply for the California College Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver)

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

Undocumented students are eligible to apply for EOPS

Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 and the CA College Promise Grant (BOG Fee Waiver) may apply for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). EOPS offers academic counseling, book vouchers, free tutoring, and other support services. Learn more about the EOPS application process.

Undocumented students may apply for some scholarships

All undocumented students are encouraged to apply for the Dreamers Scholarship at DVC. To qualify, students must have at least a 2.0 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. For more information regarding the application process and requirements, visit the Scholarship Office.

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) to receive any federally funded student financial aid, including: Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, work-study, and student loans. Students who have a social security number from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not eligible to apply for FAFSA.


All financial aid students are required to check their DVC student email account through InSite on a regular basis in order to receive notifications, file status updates, announcements, and further instructions from the Financial Aid Office. Follow the link for instructions on how to check your financial aid status through InSite.

Financial Aid school codes:

  • DVC FAFSA Federal School Code: 001191
  • DVC CA DREAM Act Application School Code: 00119100

Contact Financial Aid

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2009

Email: dvcfinancialaid@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location: SSC building, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Summer 2018 Hours
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Thursday, August 17, 2018

Office hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Drop-in hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Lab hours
Monday/Thursday: 8:30 am - 12 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 1 pm - 5 pm
CLOSED FRIDAYS

Fall 2018 Hours
August 21, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Office hours
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 1 pm

Drop-in hours (for document submission and detailed information, photo ID required)
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Friday: 8 am - 12:30 pm

Pleasant Hill lab hours 
Monday/Thursday/Friday: 8 am - 12 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Learn more about the financial aid computer lab

Office location

Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map 

Drop-in hours (for document submission and detailed information, photo ID required)

Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm
Break times: 15 minutes at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm