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ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

Marcela Hernandez
E: hernanmv2@wlac.edu
P: (310) 287-7245
L: SSB 350

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DRC Services

Academic Counseling

Individual counseling appointments can be scheduled to review your progress at WLAC, work on an educational plan to help you reach your goals, discuss your academic, career, and personal goals, discuss effective use of learning strategies to succeed in college, review academic support campus resources, and go over information regarding transferring to a university. In addition, individual appointments are also a safe space to go over community resources available to undocumented immigrants, educational policies and laws affecting undocumented students in higher education and in the U.S. in general, California Dream Act and financial aid options, and to discuss any thoughts and concerns regarding how you and/or your family may be affected by your/their undocumented status.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the DRC counselor, Marcela Hernandez at hernanmv2@wlac.edu

 

Computer Lab and Printing

Need a space to study and access the web? Within the DRC, there are computers and accessible to students. We're happy to offer a safe space for students to study, browse the web, or fill out applications such as the California Dream Act Application, and transfer applications. 

 

Legislation and Policies

Click on the following links to learn about some of the Legislation and Policies that apply to undocumented students, expanding access to education and financial aid.

 

AB540

What is does: Exempts eligible undocumented students from out-of-state tuition fees.

 

CA Dream Act

What is does: Opens state-funded grants, BOG fee-waiver, state funded programs and scholarships to AB540 students

 

DACA 

What it does: Allows eligible individuals to receive - Employment authorization card with valid Social Security Number, Temporary relief from deportation and advanced parole in some cases

 

To view a chart of the different Legislation and Policies, visit E4FC website: http://e4fc.org/images/E4FC_Remembering_the_Differences.pdf


What is AB 540? 

AB 540, signed into law on October 12, 2001, authorizes any student, including undocumented students who meet specific criteria to pay in-state tuition at California's public colleges and universities (e.g. California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California).

 

Any student, except a person in nonimmigrant status, who meets the requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Attended a California high school for 3 years or more;
  2. Graduated from a California high school with a high school diploma or attained the equivalent (GED);
  3. Be registered or currently enrolled in one of the three state institutions of higher education in California.; and,
  4. Filed an affidavit with the college or university stating that they will file an application to adjust their immigration status as soon as they are eligible. 

 

How to apply for AB 540? 

  1. Apply for admission online at www.wlac.edu and select Apply on the top right hand corner. 
  2. Complete an AB 540 Affidavit (California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request) by going to the link below. 
  3. http://www.e4fc.org/images/2008_California_Nonresident_Tuition_Exemption.pdf

Financial Aid Assistance

Off Campus Scholarships:

  • MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html
  • Education For Fair Consideration Scholarship List http://www.e4fc.org/images/E4FC_Undergraduate Traditional_List_2016-2017.pdf
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard offers students Paying for College http://roybal-allard.house.gov/uploadedfiles/student_resource_guide.pdf 

California Dream Act

What is the CA Dream ACT? 

The California Dream Act is the name given to Assembly Bills 130 & 131, which allow some undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships. The 2011 passage of AB 130 & 131 symbolizes a milestone victory for undocumented students and allies who organized and advocated for increased access to college. Now that the California Dream Act is a reality, let’s make it a success! 

 

Who is Eligible?

Eligible students will: 

 

MEET AB 540 CRITERIA 

AB 540* is a California state “Tuition Equity” law that enables eligible undocumented students to be exempt from paying nonresident college tuition. To qualify for AB 540 status, you must fulfill requirements 1A or 1B and requirements 2 and 3

  1. Attended a high school (public or private) in California for three years (six semesters) or more 
  2. Attainment of credits earned from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California K-12 schools (AB2000) 
  3. Graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (GED) 
  4. File the AB 540 Affidavit (also known as the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Form) with your college or university stating you have or will file an application to legalize as soon as you are able to do so

Once you submit the affidavit and the college classifies you under AB 540 status, you will be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and be eligible for institutional scholarships and state-based financial aid. Make sure to check with an admissions counselor to confirm that the school received your AB 540 Affidavit. 

 

FALL INTO ONE OF THESE IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES

 » Undocumented » U-visa » Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

 

IF YOU ARE A MALE, ARE REGISTERED WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE

Even though undocumented people are not eligible to serve in the U.S armed forces, undocumented adult males 18 to 25 must submit a one-time registration form to the Selective Service, especially to be eligible for financial aid. The Selective Services is the federal agency in charge of drafting eligible young men to serve during times of war should Congress ever reintroduce the military draft. The 2016-2017 California Dream Act Application will include an opportunity for males to register with the Selective Service through the California Student Aid Commission.

 

Visit the CA Dream Act application with the link below. 

http://www.csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act


Key Dates for Cal Dream Act 

October 1

  • Cal Grant GPA submission begins
  • Talk to your high school about submitting your GPA before March 2
  • Online CA Dream Act Application opens
  • Make sure you submit the CA Dream Act Application before March 2
  • Get help at a Cash for College workshop in your area

 

March 2

● March 2, is the priority financial aid filing deadline for most colleges and universities and the absolute deadline for submission of your Cal Grant application (CA Dream Act Application + 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

● Better yet, submit a Non-SSN GPA to the CA Student Aid Commission


Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.

 

What are The Requirements for DACA? 

  • You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
  • You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
  • You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
  • You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;
  • You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
  • You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

 

Important Current News regarding DACA

  • Renewal applications are still being accepted by USCIS, including people whose DACA has already expired.
  • NO initial applications (if you are applying for the first time) will be accepted by USCIS
    • NOTE: The District Court of Columbia issued a decision on April 24, 2018 about DACA. Initial DACA applications are not yet being accepted. Initial DACA applications will not be accepted until at least 90 days after April 24, 2018 (the day the district court of Columbia issued its decision).
  • No applications for Advance Parole based on DACA are being accepted by USCIS.

What is SB 68? 

SB 68 expands in-state tuition eligibility in California beyond the current requirements for AB 540/AB 2000. Due to this new law, more students will now be able to pay in-state tuition at California public colleges and universities (CCCs, CSUs & UCs) and apply for state-based financial aid. 

 

Who Benefits? 

SB 68 benefits students who didn’t go to three years of high school in California SB 68 will allow students to count full-time attendance at a California Community College, Adult School, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction School, High School, or combination of these schools to meet the 3 years required to be eligible for in-state tuition. Students who have three years of high school coursework can also count attendance at an elementary school. 

 

SB 68 benefits students who don’t have a California High School Diploma or didn’t get their GED in California Students will be able to use an Associate’s Degree or the fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements for the UCs or CSUs to meet the requirements. Contact the school you plan to attend for further information.