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State Law Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540)

 

Read more about the University of California Tuition Exemption (AB 540).
 

California DREAM Act

  • Where can I get assistance if I have a question while completing the California Dream Act application?

    This page lists all of the available options for getting additional assistance. If you are a current UCR student, check out USP FB page for CA DREAM Act workshops. 

  • What should I do if my family has unusual circumstances?

    If you or your family has unusual circumstances that impact your ability to pay for school (such as loss of employment, loss of benefits, death, or divorce), complete the Dream Act Application to the extent that you can and submit it as instructed. Then, talk to the financial aid administrator (FAA) at the school you plan to attend. If your family’s circumstances change after you complete the Dream Act Application, the FAA may decide, on a case-by case basis, to adjust data elements used to calculate your EFC. The FAA’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to CSAC.

  • What if I have an unusual circumstance, and can't get my parents' data for the application?

    If you are considered a dependent student by the application, but have no contact with your parents and are unable to provide your parents data on the Dream Act Application, you may have a special circumstance. If you are completing the Dream Act Application online, answer the questions to the best of your ability then sign and submit the form for processing. If you are completing a paper application, complete as much of the form as you can, sign, and submit it for processing. Your application will be incomplete and no EFC will be calculated, however, the financial aid offices at the schools listed on your Dream Act Application will still receive your data. Contact those schools listed on your Dream Act Application for further assistance to complete your application.

  • Do I need to provide my parents' tax information?

    Dependent Students must provide student and parental household information regardless of whether you live with your parents or receive their financial support. Some exceptions apply. 

    Individuals must file a return if their gross income for the year was at least the amount shown on the IRS Filing Requirements.

  • Does DACA impact my eligibility for financial aid?

    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 AB 540 to receive aid such as Cal Grants, UCR Grants, and the DREAM Loan.

    Again, eligibility to CA DREAM Act financial aid is not based off a student’s DACA status.

 

Learn more about the California Dream Act from the California Student Aid Commission. 
 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • What is occurring with DACA?

    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 accepting DACA renewals 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.

  • I have never applied for DACA. Can I apply now?

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017. 

     

  • Can I renew my DACA?

    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 accepting DACA renewals until the courts ultimately resolve questions over the legality of the DACA rescission.

    Please review the guidelines set out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


    For UC Students only:

    UC Immigrant Legal Services will be hosting free DACA renewals workshops for 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. 

    • UCR Dates

      • Monday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • Tuesday, January 23, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • To register or see other campuses’ dates click here.
  • Is my work permit still valid?

    Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, for current DACA recipients remain valid until they expire or the government terminates your DACA.

  • Can I request Advance Parole?

    Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

  • What is next?

    Congress has the opportunity to pass legislation that provides permanent protection to undocumented youth, such as the DREAM Act

    How to get involved:

    UC Advocacy Network

    University of California Student Association 

    Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective 

    PODER at UCR

    United We Dream 

 

Learn more about DACA from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Visit USP's  Legislation tab for resources and handout.

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