Welcome to HEFAS!
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 students with an undocumented or 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 students with an undocumented or AB 540 status 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.
Online Office Hours
Our office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are available online and will continue to provide resources when possible.
- Student Guides (Online Learning, Studying at Home, Creating Online Communities, and Self-Care during Isolation). See attached .pdf or bit.ly/DeAnzaStudentGuides
- Students’ Perspectives: Tools to Support Online Learning. See attached .pdf or bit.ly/StudentsPerspectives
- Local Resources for the De Anza Community (Financial, food, housing, etc.): bit.ly/DeAnzaLocalResources
"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
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a workshop.
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