Support for Undocumented, AB540 & DACA Students at Chabot College.
In order to build additional supports for undocumented and/or AB540/DACA students at Chabot College, we have developed this website to provide information and resources.
We encourage students who are concerned about how the results of the election may impact them or their families to utilize the resources on this website. Visit E4FC for updates about what we know and can do now. Click to read the California Community Colleges Statement of Support for Undocumented Students.
We currently offer the following supports and resources for Chabot students:
- “DREAM Big/Sueña Grande@Chabot College” workshops provide information and support regarding the CA Dream Act, AB-540, DACA, transfer information, scholarships/financial aid and more. We offer 2-3 workshops per semester.
- The Chabot Dreamers Club is a student club designed to provide a safe and supportive space for undocumented students on campus. We meet every Thursday from 12-1pm in room 506. Please contact club co-advisors Katie Messina at firstname.lastname@example.org and Pedro Reynoso at email@example.com for more information.
- A number of Chabot College Special Programs are open to undocumented students, including Daraja, EOPS, Hayward Promise Neighborhood (HPN),and the Puente Project.
Can Undocumented Students Go to College?
- YES! Undocumented students can go to any public college or university in California, if they meet the admissions requirements and are accepted. This applies to freshman and transfer admits.
- Students can pay in-state tuition at California state schools (CCC, CSU, UC) if they meet the criteria for state law AB-540.
- Many UC and CSU campuses have undocumented student resource centers and programs to help support students. For UC campuses, visit here. For CSU campuses, visit here.
New Student Checklist for DREAMers at Chabot College
Step 1: Complete all general new student steps. Note: When completing the Chabot online application for admission, you will be asked to provide your citizenship status information.
- If you identify as a DACA recipient student, under the citizenship section select “other.” For visa type, select “other.” Then, enter the issue and expiration dates.
- If you identify as an undocumented student, under the citizenship section select “other.” Then, under visa type, select “no documents.”
Step 2: Determine whether you have been classified as a non-resident. If you have, you may receive an email or notice that your fees are much higher than expected. If this is the case, you may still be eligible to either (1) be reclassified as a CA resident or (2) have your non-resident tuition waived.
1. To be reclassified as a CA resident, submit the Petition for Reclassification of Residency to the Office of Admissions and Records. This petition will require supporting documentation and should only be submitted if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You currently hold an immigration status (like DACA) that is eligible to establish California residency and you have had (or applied for) that status at least 366 days prior to the start of the term.
- You have been physically present in California with the intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose at least 366 days prior to the start of the term.
2. If you don’t meet the above mentioned criteria, you may still be eligible to have your non-resident tuition waived. Submit the AB-540 affidavit along with your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records if you meet the AB-540 criteria.
Step 4: Meet with a counselor if you have further questions and check out the resources and information on this website, including the Chabot Dreamers Club, “DREAM Big/Sueña Grande@Chabot College” Workshops, and Chabot Special Programs.
Printable version of New Student Checklist: dreamers-steps-for-new-students
Undocumented Student FAQs
Here is a list of local, state, and national organizations that provide a multitude of information and resources for undocumented students.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) is a great local organization that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on AB540, DACA, CA Dream Act, scholarships, workshops, legal consult etc.
Financial Aid/Scholarship & Transfer Institution Resources
- E4FC scholarship resources for undocumented students
- California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website to apply for the CA Dream Act Application for financial aid
- TheDream.US website to learn more about scholarship opportunities for local Bay Area students
- University of California Undocumented Student Resources
Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please refer to the following agencies for specific questions and support regarding immigration and legal status:
- The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has legal information and resources regarding DACA & DAPA
- We Own the Dream has legal information, including a list of local low-cost immigration clinics and lawyers as well as scholarships for undocumented students
- E4FC has information for how to find legal help and also has a free legal intake service
- Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for detailed information about DACA
Additional Resources for Allies & Educators
The Dream Team is a collaborative partnership between the Equity Coordinating Council, Financial Aid Office, Student Services,
Hayward Promise Neighborhood,C.L.E.A. and The Puente Project.
Together, we share, develop and provide information and resources for our undocumented/AB-540/DACA (DREAMers) students.
We are located throughout building 700