CA Dream Act and DACA
Student Equity Emergency Grant
Moreno Valley College is providing a Student Equity Emergency Grant opportunity to undocumented students and students who were not eligible for CARES ACT funds. Apply through WebAdvisor. Select "Student Equity Emergency Grant Application" under the Financial Aid menu.
Eligibility criteria: be enrolled in the spring 2020 term at the time of application for aid, declare MVC as your home college, have COVID-19 related financial needs, and be ineligible for the Pell Grant.
Apply by Friday, May 29
TODEC is able to provide local residents with free DACA renewal application legal assistance and USCIS fee assistance. Get free help with DACA Renewal Assistance.
What is the California Dream Act?
The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law (see below) to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131). For more information on the Dream Act, go to dream.csac.ca.gov/ or follow the directions on Student Financial Service's Dream Act Application page.
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.
- It is not the same as financial aid
- It does not grant lawful immigration status
- It does allow individuals to apply for a SSN and work authorization
CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.
On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters.
Important Information about DACA Requests
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.
For information on what this announcement means for your DACA status, please refer to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Resources for More Information
- California Dream Act Flyer pdf
- California Dream Act Frequently Asked Questions pdf
- CSU Chancellor's Office Factsheet
- Free help renewing your Dream Act or DACA applications from TODEC
- Frequently Asked Questions from USCIS
- Resources for Undocumented Studentsr
- Steps to Apply for the Dream Act
- TODEC Dream Act 10 Things You Must Know