Cerro Coso Community College

California Community Colleges Support Undocumented Students

Dreamers, AB540, and DACA Students

Cerro Coso welcomes Dreamers, AB 540 and DACA students.

The California Dream Act 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.

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,


  • 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;


  • 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;


  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration.


  • Immigration Legal Services: The California Department of Social Services, Immigration Branch funds qualified nonprofit organizations to provide services to immigrants who reside in the state of California.
  • Resources for Community Members and Services Providers: To ensure that immigrant communities and service providers are armed with up-to-date and relevant information on immigration-related issues, Ready California offers resources from trusted partners.
  • DACA Updates: The State of California’s Immigrant Guide provides resources pertaining to the impact of the DACA announcement on several state programs.

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

Paying for College in California

Know Your Legal Rights

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.

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