DACA Resources Available to Students

 DACA   Information:

  • Currently USCIS is NOT accepting NEW DACA applications.

  • DACA Renewals ARE being accepted. 


 What does it mean for students?

AB540 and the California DREAM Act are still in place. They are totally separate from the federal DACA program. Whether or not you have DACA does not affect

your ability to attend college or apply for or receive state financial aid.


 Additional Resources and Information



Video tutorials:

What is the Dream Act

¿Qué es la Ley Dream de California? La Ley Dream de California de 2011, permite a estudiantes que son elegibles para la AB 540 solicitar determinados programas de ayuda financiera en elestado de California.

California Dream Act Application

Este tutorial es una guía de la aplicación Dream de California

 The basics of Financial Aid

¿Cómo puedo pagar mis estudios en la Universidad? Es importante que sepa las opciones que tiene, hay muchas maneras de pagar por los gastos de sus estudios universitarios.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid

 Weekly Financial Aid Workshops


                           FAFSA Tuesday Workshop                                                                      Dream Application Wednesday Workshop  
                           Every Tuesday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                                        Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                               (please check in at the Financial Aid Office)
                              For Additional Questions Please Contact the  Financial Aid Office 


Check our Cañada College Library page for more resources:   http://guides.canadacollege.edu/dreamersdaca


Community Support & Resources in San Mateo County:

Immigration Services & Resources

County of San Mateo Human Services

San Mateo County, California Immigration Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Libre Beneficios Públicos


Need assistance with the $495 renewal fee?

Mission Asset Fund or MAF (no interest loan)   https://missionassetfund.org/lending-circles-for-dreamers/

 Scholarship fund with MAF Click Here!

 Self-Help Federal Credit Union (15% APR interest) https://www.self-helpfcu.org/personal/loans/immigration-loans



What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In June 2012, President Obama announced that his administration would not remove SOME undocumented people or put them into Immigration Court. Instead, they will be able to apply for “Deferred Action,” which is a temporary two-year period during which no attempt will be made to remove the individual and a possible work card. This status can be renewable. Please go to E4FC to get the most updated information on this policy http://e4fc.org/legalservices/deferredaction.html or see the E4FC Step-by-Step Guide or go to

U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services


DACA Information for Students:

In order to qualify for DACA, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012.

  • Arrived to the United States before your sixteenth birthday.

  • Resided in the U.S. continuously, since June 15, 2007.

  • Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.

  • Currently enrolled in school, or have a certificate of completion from high school, or a GED certificate, or be honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.

  • Not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

In addition, applicants must be 15 years of age or older to be eligible for DACA (unless they are in removal proceedings or have a voluntary or forced departure order against them).

Be sure to consult with a reputable attorney or legal non-profit before you apply.

We Own the Dream (application processing event):

E4FC:  Getting Legal Help

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