Dream Center

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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS START HERE!

The Dream Center is a “one-stop shop” in a safe, caring place for undocumented students new and continuing at Santa Rosa Junior College. Students will receive personalized support as they begin their college journeys.

Dream Center staff are here to create a welcoming experience while students navigate matters related to AB540 admissions, the California Dream Act Application, EOPS (Extended Opportunities Programs & Services), the BOG (Board of Governors) Fee Waiver, DACA, and referrals to Assessment & Counseling, and the essentials of full matriculation at SRJC.

The California Dream Act (AB130 and AB131):

Passage of these two laws allow students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities. AB131 also allows AB540 students to apply for and receive state-funded grants and waivers like the BOGW, EOPS, Cal Grants and the Chafee grant.

AB540 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must have attended:
    • A convination of California high school, adult school, and/or community college for three (3) or more years1; or
    • three (3) years of California high school coursework and a combination of California elementary, secondary, and high school of three (3) years or more2
  • Students must have:
    • graduated or attained the equivalent of a High School diploma (i.e. California-issued GED, CHSPE); or
    • completed an associate's degree from a California Community College3.
    • have completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California.
  • Students must be registered or currently enrolled at SRJC;
  • Students may not be non-immigrants holding a valid lettered non-immigrant visa with the exception of "T" and "U" visa holders;
  • Students must file an AB540 affidavit with SRJC (California Non-resident Tuition Exemption Request Form).

1A year's equivalence at a California community college is either a minimum of 24 semester units of credit or 36 quarter units of credits. For noncredit courses, a year's attendance is a minimum of 420 class horus per year (a semester is equivalent to a minimum of 210 hours and a quarter is equivalent to a minimum of 140 hours). Full-time attendance at a California adult school is a minimum of 420 hours of attenande for each school year.

2This provision addresses both a coursework and an attendance requirement, which can both be satisfied in three or more years.

3 Section 2, Column B of the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request includes the following wording: "I have completed or will complete an associate's degree from a California Community College" and " I have completed or will complete the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California."

 

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA):

DACA refers to an Executive Order that President Obama enacted in 2012, granting certain undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children, a type of temporary permission to stay, e.g. deferred action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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