1. In-state tuition
Yes, in 2001, A.B. 540 was passed in California. It allows undocumented students meeting stateÂ residency and other requirements to qualify for in-state tuition. Please visit this site for more information.
More AB-540 resources:
Identification: If you are a citizen of a country then you are eligible for a passport from that country, do you have one that is current and not expired. If you are in need of one or would like to find out more information about getting one please contact your countries consular office, a directory of them can be found here.
A passport is also a good form of ID, so getting one will be helpful regardless of it getting you into a school.
The City of San Francisco and Oakland grants municipal ID to undocumented residents.
2. Drivers licenses
No, please visit the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles website for more information. Several bills have arisen over the years which would allow for this, however, most have been vetoed by the Governor.
3. State/local Organizations
- Bay Area Students for Fair Consideration (S4FC)
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Orange County DREAM Team
University of California
- UC Davis – SPEAK Contact Joaquin by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (530) 752-2032
- UC Berkeley RISE Email: email@example.com
- UC Santa Cruz, Students Informing Now, firstname.lastname@example.org
- UCLA IDEAS
- UC San Diego – email@example.com
- UC Santa Barbara – Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success (IDEAS) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UC Irvine – Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success (IDEAS)
- UC Riverside DreamActivists
Cal State University System
- Sacramento State University – STAND Contact Lorie: email@example.com
- San Jose State University – Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE)
- CSU East Bay M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Francisco State University IDEAS
- Chico State: email@example.com
- Cal State Dominguez Hills: Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro. Get in touch with Dr. Irene Vazquez, Chair Chicana/o Studies Department at 310-243-3070.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FUEL @ Cal State Long Beach: Elena Macias, Advisor for FUEL (562) 985-8816, email@example.com
- CSU San Marcos:Â Rosalinda Rodriguez, Advisor, (760) 750-8533, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cal Poly Pomona D.E. P.I.E:Â Mery Hernandez, AB540 Student Advisor and university liason at Cal Poly Pomona: Phone (909) 869-2916 Email: email@example.com
- CSU Northridge DREAMS to be Heard
- CSU Los Angeles – Contact SURGE by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sacramento City College – DTL Contact by email: email@example.com
- East Los Angeles College – Contact Ana Salazar at (323) 415-4136.
4. Senators, Representatives, and Governor
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
112 Hart Senate Office Building
(202) 224-3553; (202)228-2382
San Francisco: (415) 403-0100
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
331 Hart Senate Office Building
(202) 224-3841; 228-3954
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Both Senators are past and present co-sponsors of the DREAM Act.
5. Pending/Current Immigration-specific Legislation
Negative legislation in red (oppose) and positive legislation in green (support)
Please visit the California State Legislature website to search for individual bills/legislation.
6. Other Resources
California DREAM Act was passed into law and you can apply here.
Undocumented students are able to apply for private scholarships. See here for a list of scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship, legal residency, or a social security number.
Additionally, a scholarship list was put together by DREAMs to be HEARD, mostly for students in California.
b. IPC report
c. Academic studies/research pertaining to immigration on the state-wide level, if available.
- PPIC Study – More than half of new California immigrants who are permanent legal residents lived in the state illegally before getting green cards
- Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, an umbrella group that includes the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – one-third of state voters in 2012 would be an immigrant or have at least one parent who is. Nearly three in four Latinos who will be 18 by 2012 will have an immigrant parent, rising to a dramatic nine in 10 for Asians in that category.