Dreamers New Student Checklist

New Student Checklist for Undocumented, AB540 and DACA students at Chabot College

Dream Center counselors are available to assist you with this process if you have questions or need help*. Visit the Dream Center webpage for hours and additional infoIf you are a new/prospective student, you can also register for one of our virtual Dream Center New Student Information Sessions.

Printable New Student Checklist in English or Español

Step 1: Start by completing all general New Student Steps.

Note: When completing the Chabot online application for admission, you will be asked to provide your social security number and citizenship status information.

  • If you received a Social Security Number (SSN) through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), use it for this section.
  • If you have no SSN but have a valid Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), you may use that for this section.
  • If you do not have an ITIN or SSN, check the box at the bottom of the page labeled “Check this box if you do not have a Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, or decline to provide one at this time.”
  • If you do not have a current valid immigration status, in the Citizenship/Military section of the application, choose “Other” from the drop-down menu and click the box labeled “No documents.” 
  • In accordance with our Privacy Protocol, Chabot College will not release any student information, including immigration status or related information in confidential student records, to any member of the public, federal agencies or other parties without prior written consent from the student, a court order or a lawfully issued subpoena, or as otherwise required by law.

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*. 
    • If you are currently a high school senior who will qualify for AB 540 upon graduation from high school, you may submit the AB 540 affidavit along with an in-progress high school transcript to Admissions & Records during the spring semester prior to graduation.*  You will need to follow-up by submitting a final high school transcript showing your graduation date to Admissions & Records prior to August 1st to avoid registration and financial aid delays.  Please contact the Chabot Dream Center if you need assistance.*

Step 3: If you meet the criteria for AB-540, apply for financial aid by submitting the CA Dream Act Application online by the March 2nd priority deadline*. Please note, you can still apply for the CA Promise Grant Fee Waiver even after the March 2nd deadline. Click here for CA Dream Act checklist, more information on financial aid, and to find scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.

Step 4: Check out the resources for undocumented, AB 540, and DACA students at the Chabot Dream Center, including free legal aid services, counseling, help with financial aid, a laptop lending program, and the Chabot Dreamers Club.  Check out other support programs on campus, including El CentroSpecial ProgramsStudent Resources,  Student Life, and the Student Health Center.   

How to submit forms:

For Admissions & Records:

For AB540 and Residency Reclassification Petitions, please download, complete, save, and submit the petition along with required documentation. Unofficial transcripts and copies of residency documents are currently being accepted.

Online:  Send from your Chabot Zonemail to A&R at ccarcom@chabotcollege.edu. Email from Chabot Zonemail will serve as your official signature. 

In Person: Please submit all paperwork to A&R located in Building 700, 1st floor. Please click here for the most up to date hours. 

For Financial Aid:
Please email us at: cc-finaid@chabotcollege.edu from your secure Zonemail email. We will be responding to emails throughout the day.  Submit any verification documents to us via your Zonemail account (pdf, jpg or png)

For the Chabot Dream Center:
The Dream Center is currently providing services in-person, and remotely over the phone or online.