For Post-election updates, including the termination of the DACA Program, you can find information and resources here
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 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 email@example.com and Benjamin Barboza at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 "other" or “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
- California State University Undocumented Student Resources
- E4FC's Life After College Guide
Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please refer to the following agencies for specific questions and support regarding immigration and legal status:
- Download the Know Your Rights! card on your phone so you know what to do in case Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents approach you.
- The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has legal information and resources regarding DACA & DAPA
- Search for local low-cost immigration clinics and lawyers
- E4FC has DACA Updates, Legal Support and a free legal intake service
- Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for detailed information about DACA
Additional Resources for Allies & Educators