Undocumented Student Programs


Information on DACA 

Updated 6/11/18

On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. In early November the University of California, along with other organizations and individuals who have sued the Trump administration over its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, asked a federal judge to resume the program while legal motions proceed. On January 9th, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco granted the motion for preliminary relief. This decision directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to resume most elements of the DACA program until the courts ultimately resolve questions over the legality of the DACA rescission. You can read UC’s statement here.

While this is welcome news, the battle is far from over. Unfortunately, even with this decision, fear and uncertainty persist for DACA recipients across California and the nation who want to continue to live, work, learn and contribute to the country they know as home. The order does not require DHS to process new applications for DACA or applications for advance parole. We also anticipate that DHS may appeal the order.


DACA Assistance

UC Immigrant Legal Services is providing free DACA renewal assistance to UC students and their immediate family members. You should assess whether it makes sense for you to apply as soon as possible. There is no deadline by when applications are due. However, the government has already made public that it plans to appeal the court decision. The renewal program may be available indefinitely or may be stopped by another court, depending on how the case proceeds in the courts. To schedule an appointment with UCR Immigration attorney (Karina) please email from your UCR email. 

For more information on immigration legal services, click here



Information and Resources: 

DACA does not impact an undergraduate student’s eligibility for state/institutional financial aid.

Undocumented Students that meet the AB 540 requirements are eligible for state and institutional aid through the CA DREAM Act. CA DREAM Act allows undocumented students that are eligible for AB540 to receive aid such as Cal Grants, UCR Grants, the DREAM Loan, and scholarships from UCR.

Again, eligibility to state and institutional financial aid is not based off a student’s DACA status.


Statement from UC and UCR Leadership:

Undocumented Student Programs

Undocumented Student Programs welcomes all DREAMers, students from mixed-status families and undocu allies! No matter your immigration status or cultural background, you have an equal opportunity at UCR to get a quality education in a safe and friendly environment with resources to help you achieve your goals. We are here to support you on your journey to greater success! We can help you with:


Attention Educators:

  • We can present at your school! We can explain the UC application process, financial aid, state and federal policies, and more. We can also present in Spanish.
  • Learn more ways that you can support your undocumented students.


New UC Undocumented Website 

Visit the new University of California Office of the President (UCOP) website,, to learn more about UC-systemwide resources for undocumented students.