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Resources for Undocumented Students

De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.

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On-Campus Speakers and Events

Jose Antonio Vargas

De Anza is hosting a series of events focused on civil rights and resources for immigrants, including an analysis of federal policy under the new Trump administration and sessions on immigration law.

The series starts with a talk on Jan. 31 by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and activist, who drew an enthusiastic response as De Anza’s commencement speaker in 2013. Later the same day, staff attorney Alison Kamhi from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) will talk about potential federal policies under the new Trump administration, as well as Constitutional rights and protections.

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Remarks and Q&A, Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American Tuesday, Jan. 31 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. TBA
"Undocumented in the New Administration: What Trump Can and Cannot Change," presentation and Q&A, ILRC attorney Alison Kamhi
Tuesday, Jan. 31 3:30-4:30 p.m. Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B
Training on how to organize, and help or advise friends and relatives, ILRC Wednesday, Feb. 8

3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Legal assistance for undocumented students with specific questions, Asian Law Alliance Monday, Feb. 13 and Monday, Feb. 27 2-6 p.m. on both days TBA
Check back for updates on these and other campus events

De Anza College Services

  • HEFAS, or Higher Education for AB540 Students, works to provide free resources, reduce financial stress and create a safe learning environment for undocumented students.
  • Admissions and Records offers information for undocumented students seeking to qualify for in-state tuition, under AB540, rather than pay the higher rate for out-of-state residents.
  • Financial Aid has information on the California Dream Act, which lets AB540 students  qualify for state and non-state funded financial help at public colleges.
  • Outreach has a guide for prospective De Anza students who are undocumented.
  • EOPS or Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, provides additional assistance for low-income and disadvantaged students.

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Help with Scholarships and Financial Aid

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students to apply for and receive state financial aid. The California Student Aid Commission has information on how to apply.

In addition, here are two mobile apps designed to help undocumented students find out about college scholarships available to them. Each was developed by an undocumented student who wanted to make the experience easier for their peers.

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DREAMer's Roadmap lists scholarships and helps students keep track of application deadlines. It also lets anyone suggest a scholarship that should be added to the database. It's available to download for Apple and Android devices.

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DACA Scholars lists scholarships, provides deadline notifications and includes articles about undocumented students and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It's available for Apple and Android devices.

 

 

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Last Updated: 1/20/17