Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action

Higher Education for AB 540 Students

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Our Mission:
We are an institutional and educational program that provides free resources, reduces financial stress, and creates a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis on undocumented/AB 540 information.

We are dedicated to empowering students, building leadership skills, promoting social justice, and advocating for higher education.

We Provide:
Computer and Printing Services
Scholarship and Transfer Information
Peer Advisors and Tutors
Book Loan Program
Access to Counselor

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Who is an undocumented student?
Undocumented students are foreign nationals who come to the U.S. without legal documentation or have overstayed their visas. They may be eligible for in-state tuition under AB 540 at public colleges and universities in CA.
  • Each year, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the U.S., with more than 25,000 graduating from CA alone
  • Only 5-10% of undocumented high school graduates pursue higher education at two-year community colleges and four-year universities

 

What is AB 540?

Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) allows undocumented students or non-California residents to qualify for in-state tuition. There are 3 requirements to be eligible for AB540:
  • Attend a CA high school for 3 or more years
  • Graduate from a CA high school and receive a diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in CA (e.g. community college, California State University, University of California, etc.)

 Download a form here.

 

What is the CA DREAM Act?

The CA DREAM Act includes 2 Assembly Bills:
AB 130 allows students who are eligible for AB 540 to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities in CA.

AB 131 allows students who are eligible for AB 540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant, and Chafee Grant.

Apply at: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ *

 *Applications due yearly on March 2nd

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Contact us:
Office: Lower level of the Hinson Campus Center, Room 132
Phone: 408.864.5559

Join us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/hefas.deanza.5

 

 

 Our Community Partners

SIREN- Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network

San Jose De-BUG

Educators for Fair Consideration

Community Law Center of East Palo Alto

Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) 

Office of Equity, Social Justice and Mutlicultural Education

SSRS- Student and Retention Services

 


VASCONCELLOS INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Building: East Cottage

Contact: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Contact: Melecia Navarro
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff: David
Student Staff: Cadence
Student Staff: Dylan

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Last Updated: 5/19/16