HEFAS at De Anza
HEFAS (Higher Education for AB 540 Students) is an institutional and educational program that provides free services, reduces financial stress and creates a safe space for all with an emphasis on undocumented and AB 540 students.
We're dedicated to empowering students, building leaders, promoting social justice, and advocating for higher education. Our vision is to give students, parents, educators, and community members the tools to help undocumented students reach higher education regardless of the barriers that may exist.
HEFAS provides free services such as
- Textbook and calculator rentals
- Testing materials
- Educational workshops
And easy access to
- Scholarship and financial aid information
- Peer mentors and tutors
- Information on legislation and policy issues
Read more about HEFAS in the La Voz News archives.
"My favorite thing about HEFAS is just knowing it exists, and that if I refer a student to HEFAS there will be a safe and supportive environment welcoming them! Also, the student interns are super friendly and personable; plus always down to support wider campus events."- Melecia Navarro, De Anza alum and EOPS Program Coordinator
Every spring, HEFAS invites students, parents, educators and community members to a day-long event to learn about a wide-range of issues concerning the undocumented community such as the undocumented identity and ally support.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a workshop.
HEFAS is a great way to participate in social justice, civic engagement and leadership projects. Everyone is welcome! You don’t need to be undocumented to volunteer. What type of work are you hoping to do on campus? Are there any skills you'd like to develop during your time with us? How many hours can you dedicate to HEFAS? We’d like to know more about you so we can assign you to certain projects where you can learn, excel and, most of all, have fun!
- Visit us or send an email to email@example.com if you're interested in volunteering.
AB 540 allows qualifying undocumented students to have access to in-state tuition in public California colleges.
CA Dream Act consists of two bills:
- AB 130 allows AB 540 qualifying students to apply to private institutional scholarships in public colleges and universities.
- AB 131 allows AB 540 qualifying students to apply for the Board of Governor (BOG) Fee Waiver, Cal Grants, and other forms of institutional student aid.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants qualifying undocumented individuals protection from deportation and a two-year provisional work permit.
11.2 million undocumented immigrants of all ages live in the US
1.8 million undocumented children under the age of 18 live in the US
65,000 undocumented students graduate high school every year
Only 7,000-13,000 undocumented students enroll in college throughout the US
An estimated 3,000-5,000 undocumented students are enrolled in college in CA