Advocacy Leadership for imMigrant Access Support and Services
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The ALMASS (Advocacy for Latin@ Migrant Access and Student Services) is the voice of the AB540/DACA students at SJCC. The mission of the program is to provide access, built on the foundation of educational equity, social justice and opportunities for eligible students. The ALMASS program aims to empower AB540/DACA students, their families and college community in being informed leaders.
What Is AB540?Assembly Bill 540 is a California law that allows qualified students to pay in-state tuition at the State's institutions of higher education. AB540 does not grant State or Federal financial eligibility, and only provides an exemption to the requirements of paying non-resident tuition.
How do I know if I qualify for AB540?
To qualify as an AB540 student, undocumented students must meet the following:
What steps do I take to determine if I qualify for AB540?
Is AB540 the same as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
No. DACA is not legislation. DACA is a modified process in which Homeland Security allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who are eligible to received deferred action will not be removed from the United States during a specific period of time unless deferred action is terminated. If you received deferred action, you may be eligible for employment authorization.
is DACA and DAPA?
DACA is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that provides temporary relief from deportation (deferred action) and work authorization to certain young people brought to the United States as children—often called "DREAMers." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first launched the initiative in 2012, and since that time it has helped over 700,000 eligible young adults move into mainstream life in the United States, thereby improving their social and economic well-being. To qualify under the original initiative, individuals must demonstrate that they:
DAPA is a prosecutorial discretion program administered by USCIS that provides temporary relief from deportation (called deferred action) and work authorization to unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). The DAPA program resembles the DACA program in some important aspects, but the eligibility criteria are distinct. The program will be open to individuals who:
DAPA grants will last for three years. The DAPA program should be ready to receive applications within 180 days.
an AB540 student is it important for you to know your rights
IF YOU NEED HELP: Some college staff may be unaware of AB540 or may interpret the law incorrectly. If you feel that your rights under AB540 have been denied, contact Fabio Gonzalez.
Although the AB540 law does give a student the opportunity to pay in-state tuition fees, he/she is not eligible for any traditional federal and/or California State financial aid programs. Therefore, SJCC is committed to making the dream of higher education possible for AB540 students by offering extra services.
The following are some of the services available to ALMAS Students:
Counseling (Academic, Career, and Personal)
*Financial Aid Assistance: BOGW, CA Dream Act application, scholarships (See tab below).
Lending Technology (laptops/calculators)
College resources/school materials
Study Skills Workshops
University field trips
VTA Eco Passes
Referral to legal immigration counsel
Other student conferences
Financial Aid Assistance: As
of January 2013, AB540 students are eligible to apply for California State
financial aid (not FAFSA). The primary benefit of this law is the eligibility to pay tuition at
California resident rates.
Non-resident students taking 12 college units per
semester pay approximately $3,008. AB540-eligible students will pay
approximately $572 per semester.
The California Dream Act of 2011 was passed in two laws:
AB130 & AB131. These laws allow AB540 eligible students to apply for:
Institutional Financial Aid: As of January 2013, AB540 students are eligible for State Financial Aid grants like Cal Grants and Chafee. They are also eligible to for State funded programs like BOG fee waiver, EOP&S, CARE.
Privately Funded Scholarships: SJCC offers various general and major specific scholarships. Starting January 2013 AB540 students will also be able to apply for SJCC scholarships that require BOG fee waiver eligibility.
United We Dream (UWD)
408-298-2181 ext. 3902
408-298-2181 ext. 3804