AB540 – Helpful Websites
Center for Community Change http://www.communitychange.org/
Friends Committee on Legislation of California www.fclca.org
Legislation Information of California http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund www.maldef.org
NAFSA: Association of International Educators http://www.nafsa.org/
Salvadoran American Legal and Educational Fund www.salef.org
The California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative www.nilc.org/ciwc/
The Coalition for Human Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles www.chirla.org
The National Council of La Raza www.nclr.org
The National Immigration Law Center www.nilc.org
U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov
Information about policies and programs to assist undocumented immigrants can be found at the following website:
Facts About Immigrants :
Further Demographic Information Relating to the DREAM Act: http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/DREAM_Demographics.pdf
La Agencia de Orci Launches New PSA Campaign for MALDEF: http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?id=9586
Overview of Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs: http://www.nilc.org/immspbs/special/pb_issues_ovrvw_042005.pdf
Succeeding in College
Financing your education:
Affording school is not a matter of “making thousands of dollars, but of saving pennies”. As an undocumented student, you must be creative in order to finance your education since you are ineligible to apply for state and federal financial aid (i.e., FAFSA, BOG Fee Waiver, Pell Grant, Cal Grant). Remember, you can obtain a higher education with hard work, resourcefulness, and support!
Below is a list of various ways AB 540 students have raised money to fund their college education:
Work. If you have a work permit, that provides you the right to seek employment in the U.S.
Stipends. Undocumented students may be eligible for privately funded stipends.
Donations. Ask for donations from former teachers and/or current professors. Do not be afraid to ask! Many individuals are willing to support you in one way or another.
Fundraisers. Hold “house parties” to raise money from friends and family; Organize car washes, food sales, book sales, graduation sales (candy leis, teddy bears, etc.); or, attend comedy shows (a group gets paid for attending tapings of shows).
Scholarships. Undocumented students are eligible for many private scholarships. Use scholarship search engines like www.fastweb.com to look for scholarships.
Scholarship Tips: Scholarships are a great way to fund your education, especially if you do not qualify for state/federal financial aid. Below are some tips to help finance your education: There are organizations and individuals that provide scholarships to undocumented students; however, these are limited in number and becoming increasingly competitive. Students must contact individual scholarship providers for eligibility requirements, specific deadlines, and application process information. Make sure to obtain information from a representative since the information printed on the list may be outdated. Also, be sure to CHECK ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. You do not want to spend hours putting a scholarship application packet together only to find out that you are ineligible or that the scholarship is no longer offered. You should also ask about how the scholarship is awarded. Is the money given to you in the form of a check? Is the money deposited directly with the college? Answers to these questions are important because they determine whether the money may be used for tuition only or for housing, food, books, or other cost you may incur as a student. Some scholarship providers may provide students with a check and others may send it directly to the school you will attend.