Who Are Undocumented Students?Undocumented students are foreign nationals for whom any of the following are true:
Who Are Undocumented Students?
Undocumented students are foreign nationals for whom any of the following are true:
- They entered the US without inspection
- They entered the US legally but overstayed
- They have or previously had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status
- They are currently in the process of legalizing*
- They are vulnerable immigrants
The term "undocumented immigrant" refers to any person residing in any given country without legal documentation.
Application Process for Undocumented Students
- Complete the CCCApply application at openccc.net.
- Submit a California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Form (PDF) to your college's Admissions and Records Office.
- Complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2 of every year.
Rapid Response Network
- Sacramento Fuel Network has a 24/7 hotline at (916) 245-6773 that is run by Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) and can be utilized in two types of situations:
- Individuals are witnessing active Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforcement
- Individuals were apprehended by ICE within the last 12 hours
- Migra Watch Hotline – Call (916) 245-6773 to report ICE Activity or get legal consultation for a detainee.
- California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation – Call (916) 446-7901 to request legal assistance for a non-detained person.
- Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services – Call (916) 313-7604.
- Mexican Consulate – Call (916) 329-3500 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to schedule a free immigration consultation. You do not need to be a Mexican National to receive a general consultation.
Local and National Resources
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- United We Dream
- National Immigration Law Center
- State Chancellor's Office – Resources for Undocumented Students
- California Immigrant Policy Center
- Immigrants Rising
- Immigrants Rising Overview of Undocumented Students (PDF)
Los Rios Resources
- Sacramento Bee OpEd Co-Authored by Los Rios Chancellor Brian King
- American River College Undocuscholar Resource Connection
- Cosumnes River College Dream Center
- Folsom Lake College Undocumented Students
- Sacramento City College Undocu-Resource Center
Learn more about terminology you may hear in relation to undocumented students.
The California Dream Act (Assembly Bill 130 and Assembly Bill 131) allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain requirements to apply for and receive:
- State-administered financial aid
- Community college fee waivers
- Cal grants
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Learn more at www.csac.ca.gov or call (888) 224-7268.
DACA is a federal program for people who came to the US as children and meet several eligibility requirements. DACA provides a two-year deportation reprieve and applicants may apply for a work authorization permit, which is subject to renewal. It does not provide lawful status. Only adults who were 31 years old or younger on June 15, 2012 qualify for this program.
For more information about DACA, visit www.uscis.gov/archive/renew-your-daca.
The term Dreamer refers to undocumented students who were brought to the US by their parents as minors and either entered the country without inspection or overstayed their visas. They face unique legal uncertainties and limitations within the US educational system. The term Dreamer is commonly used by students who connect with the DREAM Act movement.
An ITIN is a tax-processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status and are used for federal tax reporting only. These numbers are not intended to serve any other purpose. An ITIN can be used to apply to college, but is not required.
International students include those who currently hold specific visas. Undocumented students are not considered international applicants because many do not qualify for a visa and do not have to go through the international admission process.
Learn more about international student admissions.
A mixed status family is one in which some family members are US citizens and/or legal residents while others remain undocumented. For example:
- A documented student with undocumented parents
- A documented student with undocumented siblings
The term non-citizen applies to students who:
- Are not US citizens or permanent residents
- Do not hold a valid visa
- Are not seeking a visa for study or documentation for residency in the US
An individual with an overstayed visa is one who has stayed in the US after their tourist, visitor, or student visa has expired.
SB 68 is a law that expands on AB 540 to enable students to count years spent at a California Community College and adult education towards AB 540 eligibility. Additionally, SB 68 allows the completion of an associate degree or satisfaction of the minimum requirements to transfer to the University of California or California State University as sufficient for students to qualify for in-state tuition and financial aid.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.