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DREAMers/DACA Student Resources: Home

A guide for Undocumented/AB-540/DACA Students at Cañada College


The last free legal clinic appointments of this year are on:

  • Wednesday, 11/29
  •  Thursday, 11/30
  •  Thursday, 12/7  

You may register HERE

About the California Dream Act

What is the California Dream Act ? (AB 130 and AB 131)

The California Dream Act of 2011 is the name given to Assembly Bills 130 & 131, which allow students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive nonstate funded scholarships for public colleges and universities..

AB131 also allows AB540 students to apply for and receive state-funded institutional grants and waivers like the BOGW, EOPS, Cal Grants and the Chafee grant.

What is AB 540?

Under AB 540, students who meet ALL outlined requirements can apply for and receive state-funded institutional grants and waivers like the BOGW, EOPS, Cal Grants and more.

Students that qualify for AB 540 can apply for state financial aid through the California Dream Act (Apply by March 2nd!)


What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)

DACA refers to an Executive Order that President Obama enacted in 2012. DACA allows qualifying individuals to apply for a temporary (2-year) work permit, temporary Social Security number (valid for work authorization only), and protection from deportation.  Students can reapply every two years.  DACA does not grant lawful immigration status or provide a path to citizenship.  It only is a temporary measure.

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Dreamers, Welcome to Cañada College!

Cañada College is committed to supporting all students regardless of their residency status.

We are committed in helping students find support and resources needed to promote success both academically and personally and make college a reality, regardless of one's immigration status.




(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The Trump administration said it will phase out DACA; it will no longer accept new DACA applications.

This means that, as of September 5, 2017:

  1. USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017
  2. USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications.
  3. USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed. 
  4. USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.         
  5. DACA recipients whose DACA has already expired are no longer eligible to renew.
  6. USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017.

          How to Renew