Cerro Coso Community College

Dreamers, AB540 and DACA Students

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AB 540 and the California Dream Act

The decision to terminate DACA does NOT impact a student’s ability to attend our college, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.

DACA Renewal

If you already have DACA, you’re DACA and work permit will continue to be valid until its expiration date. If you have a DACA application (initial or renewal) that was accepted for processing by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through September 5, 2017, the agency will continue with the process of adjudicating your application. If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you may apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA, but your request must be accepted by USCIS by October 5, 2017.

Deadline for your Renewal is October 5, 2017

California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if students meet all of the following criteria:

Attended a California high school for at least three years, OR attained the equivalent of at least three years of credits from a California high school and attended at least three full years at California K-12 schools; AND Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam; Are registered or enrolled at a California community college; AND If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration.

Cerro Coso welcomes Dreamers, AB 540 and DACA students. Please apply at cerrocoso.edu today!

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will not release any personally identifiable student information related to immigration status without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.—Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges Chancellor.

The California Dream Act Application allows students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. https://dream.csac.ca.gov

Informational Flyer



Sept. 29, 30, & Oct. 1 9:00AM-5:00PM

610 S. Ardmore Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90005

Register Today!

EMAIL: Anthony Perez aperez@publiccounsel.org or CALL (213) 385-2977 ext.296

Must bring these documents:

  • Work Permit
  • Social Security Card
  • Photo Identification
  • Approval Letters (if you have them)
  • Copy of your last DACA application
  • Advance Parole Travel Documents (if applicable)
  • 2 passport-style pictures

English and Spanish assistance is available.

Scholarships Available to cover $495.00 DACA fee at Ic4daca.org