Dreamers @ LPC
New Student Checklist for Dreamers @ LPC
Complete the LPC “Six Steps to Success.”
IN-STATE TUITION VS. CA DREAM ACT VS. DACA
|Jurisdiction||State of California||United States of America|
|Law or Policy||In-State Tuition AB 540||In-State Tuition AB 2000||CA Dream Act AB 130||CA Dream Act AB 131||Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA|
|Status||STILL AVAILABLE Does not require DACA||STILL AVAILABLE Does not require DACA||STILL AVAILABLE Does not require DACA||STILL AVAILABLE Does not require DACA||No longer accepting new applications. Renewal applications for those expiring before March 5, 2018 had to be received by 10/5/17|
|What It Does||Exempts students from out-of-state tuition fees||Expands AB 540 to include students who graduate early from high school with 3 years or HS credit||Opens certain scholarships administrated by public institutions to AB 540 students||Opens state-funded grants (including Cal grants, State grants, UC Grants & the BOG Fee waiver) and state programs (EOP & EOPS) to AB 540 students||Allowed individuals to receive:
|What It Does Not Do||Does not change their state residency status||Does not change their state residency status||
|Who Can Apply||U.S. citizens, lawfully present immigrants, T and U visa holders & undocumented individuals that meet eligibility criteria||U.S. citizens, lawfully present immigrants, T and U visa holders & undocumented individuals that meet eligibility criteria||Undocumented individuals that met the eligibility criteria were eligible to apply prior to 9/5/17|
|Eligibility Requirements||Student must:
||Student must meet:
||Student must meet:
||Individual must have or be:
Prepared for Educators for Fair Consideration by Nancy Jodaitis
Step 1a: Submit an Application
- When completing the Las Positas College online application for admission, you will
be asked to provide your citizenship status information.
- If you identify as a DACA recipient student, under the citizenship section select “other.” For visa type, select “other.” Then, enter the issue and expiration dates.
- If you identify as an undocumented student, under the citizenship section select “other.” Then, under visa type, select "other" or “no documents."
- Determine whether you have been classified as a non-resident. If you have, you may
receive an email or notice that your fees are much higher than expected. If this
is the case, you may still be eligible to either (1) be reclassified as a CA resident
or (2) have your non-resident tuition waived.
- To be reclassified as a CA resident, submit the Change of Residency form (pdf) to the Office of Admissions and Records. This petition will require supporting documentation
and should only be submitted if you meet all the following criteria:
- You currently hold an immigration status (like DACA) that is eligible to establish California residency and you have had (or applied for) that status at least 366 days prior to the start of the term. Document from USCIS immigration and/or passport with a current status is required.
- You have been physically present in California with the intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose at least 366 days prior to the start of the term. Two documents are required to prove California Residency. For more information please see the Change of Residency form (pdf) pages 1 and 2.
- If you don’t meet the above-mentioned criteria, you may still be eligible to have your non-resident tuition waived. Submit the AB-540 affidavit (pdf) along with your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records if you meet the AB-540 criteria.
- If you meet the criteria for AB-540, apply for financial aid by submitting the CA Dream Act Application online (see “Step 1B” below for more information).
- To be reclassified as a CA resident, submit the Change of Residency form (pdf) to the Office of Admissions and Records. This petition will require supporting documentation and should only be submitted if you meet all the following criteria:
Step 1b: Apply for Financial Aid.
As a Dreamer, you may be eligible for the following types of financial aid:
- Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
- UC Grants, State University Grants
- California Community College (CCC) BOG Fee Waiver
- Some University scholarships
- Some private scholarships administered by campuses
The application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2nd of every year. (Dreamers are not eligible to receive Competitive Cal Grants.)
So, are you ready to apply for financial aid? Follow these steps:
- Go to the Dream Act application on the California Student Aid Commission website.
- Start a new application. Add Las Positas College school code: 030357
- Review your “CAR” report
- Log into your student account on Class-Web or The Zone and access the financial aid section. Review your “Missing Documents Requirements.”
- Download any required forms form the Financial Aid website and submit these documents to the financial aid office
- Create an account on Web Grants 4 Students – the website where you will manage your Cal Grant.
- Finally, on this website you will find out if you have been awarded any Cal Grant aid, what the requirements are for this aid.
Step 2: Complete online orientation
LPC offers an online orientation for all new students. It is important for your success to participate in the Orientation. The Orientation will provide valuable information and access to resources that will help you be a successful student and reach your educational goals! Did you know that enrolling in a 3-unit class actually involves 9 hours of class and study time each week? The Orientation will explain how to calculate class and study time into your weekly schedule so that you can better manage your time. Complete the orientation now!
Step 3: Take an assessment test
The Assessment is a computerized test that will indicate the appropriate Math and English class for you to complete at LPC. The test is not “pass or fail;” it is designed to determine your reading, writing and math ability. Students can complete an assessment in Math, English, Chemistry, English-as-a-Second-Language, French and Spanish. Once you complete the assessment, you will access your results in ClassWeb. Then it’s time to work with a counselor to plan out your first semester of classes at LPC!
- Take an assessment test
Step 4: Attend a Program Planning session.
Once you’ve completed the Assessment test, you can then meet with a counselor in a group “Program Planning” session. The counselor will review your assessment results with you and provide guidance on how to select courses for the upcoming semester. The counselor will also share information regarding certificate and degree options, as well as opportunities for you to transfer to a university so you can earn your bachelor’s degree!
- Attend a Program Planning session
Step 5: Register for classes. Pay your fees.
Now that you’ve met with a counselor in Program Planning, you’re all set to register for your first semester of classes! You can start in fall, spring or a summer term. Just make sure you’ve met the deadline for registering for classes and pay your fees on time. Seek out additional support once you’re on campus – see any of the UndocuAllies if you have questions or need help being successful in your first semester!
More information is available on the Admissions & Records page. Or, contact any UndocuAlly member for help with Admissions, Financial Aid, or Counseling.
Admissions & Records:
- Lydia Penaflor
- Daysi Valle