Undocumented Student Center

Our Undocumented Student Center is a welcoming and supportive space. We offer nurturing guidance and resources to help empower undocumented students and mixed-status families to meet their higher education and career goals. At the same time, the Center strives to educate our campus community about the needs of undocumented youth and their families through our  UndocuAlly training programs.

 

 

What We Offer

Differences Between AB 540, California Dream Act and DACA

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AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68

California Dream Act (AB 130/131)

DACA

California law (AB 540, AB 2000 and SB 68) grants qualifying students, including undocumented students, to pay in-state tuition at California Community Colleges, such as Sierra College, CSUs and UCs.  The California Dream Act allows undocumented and non-resident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers and Cal Grants. People who came to the U.S. as children and meet several guidelines may request Consideration of Deferred Action as Children (DACA) for a period of two years, subject to renewal. DACA provides a 2-year deportation reprieve and applicants may apply for a work authorization permit, which is subject to renewal. It does not provide lawful status.

Requirements

To be eligible, you must have: If you plan to apply, you must: To be eligible, you:
  • A combination of three full-time years attendance at a California school (elementary, middle school, high school, adult school, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction School, High School and/or California Community College).
  • Graduated with a California high school, equivalent (GED), Associate’s Degree or the fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements for the UCs or CSUs
  • Must file the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible.
  • Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa. (Non-immigrants, as defined by federal law, have been admitted to the United States temporarily and may have been granted one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, V, TROV, NATO).

NOTE: Ineligible students can still attend California colleges as long as they meet the admissions criteria and are accepted by the college or university. They also must pay non-resident fees.

Student Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Any information provided by the student to Sierra College is protected under FERPA.


 

Ensure your high school has verified your GPA. For questions, contact the California Student Aid Commission at www.csac.ca.gov or call 1-888-224-7268.

Student Privacy

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has strict security and confidentiality policies and procedures in place to protect the integrity and confidentiality of student records.

The CSAC has not (now or in the past) shared any information, which would indicate a student’s immigration status, either documented or undocumented.

The CSAC also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

  • Are under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since July 15, 2007
  • Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Are currently in school, graduated from high school or received a GED, or are an honorably discharged veteran.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor (or three or more other misdemeanors), and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

NOTE:

  • You may apply for a DACA renewal if your permit expired on or after September 6, 2016.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently not accepting any initial (first-time) DACA applications.
  • Advanced parole travel applications are not being accepted at this time. It is recommended that you do not travel abroad.
  • If your previous DACA expired before September 5, 2016, or your DACA was previously terminated at any time, you must request DACA as a first-time applicant. 
    NOTE: This is not to be confused with those that never applied in the past; they may not apply at this time.

Do You Currently Have DACA?

The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation offers free legal consultations on Sierra’s Rocklin campus every Thursday. To learn more, call the Undocumented Student Center at (916) 660-7557.

For those living in rural California communities outside of Sacramento County, please call the Undocumented Student Center at (916) 660-7557 to discuss options for electronic review of DACA renewal applications.

Unfortunately, if you have never had DACA or your DACA expired after March 5, 2018, you can no longer apply for or renew DACA.

Resources

If you are an undocumented student, family member or UndocuAlly (any faculty or staff member who has received training to support undocumented students at Sierra College), there are several resources available to you.


The Undocumented Student Center is privately funded by the California Campus Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is a grant focused on higher education opportunities and resources for undocumented students. These grants were provided to two-year and four-year institutions throughout the state. The Catalyst Fund is a partnership between Immigrants Rising and Sierra College.

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Join Our Dream Club

We encourage you to join the Dream Club at Sierra College, which offers a safe space for undocumented students to meet one another and learn about available resources. Please contact our Dream Club advisors for dates, times and location of our weekly club meetings.

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