Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)/Undocumented Students


Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty of all National Origins and Immigration Status:


Advocacy Opportunities

  • Healthcare for Undocumented Californians: #Health4All: The California Endowment’s #Health4All campaign highlights the important contributions of undocumented Californians to our state’s communities and economy, while raising awareness of their lack of access to affordable health care coverage.
  • Here to Stay: Immigrants are heroes who have defied the odds and have made incredible sacrifices to survive and thrive. The spirit behind #HereToStay is one of pride, power, community, resilience, resistance, and a dash of a feisty & fun attitude. The #HereToStay Network is a group of people ready to fight for immigrants at risk of deportation.
  • United We Dream (UWD): UWD empowers people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.


Guides, FAQs, and Resources

  • College Guide for Undocumented Students: This resource guide has information regarding the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, the college application process, how to finance a college education, how to talk about being undocumented, available scholarship opportunities, and tips for how to navigate the college experience, as well as a number of additional resources. Consider reviewing this guide for additional help, resources, and access to support.
  • DACA and Your Workplace Rights: This FAQ, answered by the National Immigration Law Center, is intended to answer questions such as what are the rights of workers (1) when they apply for DACA, (2) after they have received DACA and have a work permit, and (3) when they are applying to renew their DACA. It also provides information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you have been granted DACA.
  • Immigrants Rising: Immigrants Rising provides resources, knowledge and financial support for immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of legal status, at any stage of their journey. They empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional, and policy transformation.
  • Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency: FAQs for Students, Educators & Social Service Providers: This document serves as an FAQ that answers many commonly asked questions regarding the rights of undocumented and DACA immigrants, prepared by MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization.
  • Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students: While initially it may seem as though undocumented students have limited options upon graduating from college, this guide is intended to shed light on the possibilities that do exist. The guide includes personal narratives, student testimonials, and advice from experts.
  • My Undocumented Life: The mission of the My Undocumented Life blog is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. They post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.
  • Resources Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth: Informed by research and promising practices, the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this Resource Guide to assist and enhance State and local efforts to support undocumented youth at the secondary and postsecondary school levels.
  • USG Undocumented Student Guide: The USC Undergraduate Student Government created a website with resources and information for undocumented Trojans and prospective students.


Pre-Health Resources

  • Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD): PHD investigates and shares information on career pathways for pre-health undocumented students as well as advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.


Pre-Law/Legal Resources

  • DREAM Bar Association (DBA): The DBA provides a network for undocumented immigrants who are interested in pursuing a career in law, are pursuing a career in law or are practicing in this field.
  • Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LSAT Fee Waiver: The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Because the cost of these services is only a fraction of the cost of a legal education, the need criterion is considerably more stringent than for other financial aid processes. Only those with extreme need should apply. DACA applicants and recipients are eligible to apply.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC): Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.