Student Support

DREAM Program

Counseling and support services for undocumented and mixed-status students.

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Immigration Legal Services
Immigration Legal Services
Counseling Programs
Counseling Programs
California Dream Act
California Dream Act
Undocumented Student Action Week 2020!
Undocumented Student Action Week 2020!
Workshops and Events
Workshops and Events

About the DREAM Program

The Santa Monica College DREAM Program provides support services to undocumented students.

  • Increase personal growth, development, and retention of DREAM students through academic, career, and personal counseling

  • Assist in applying for the California Dream Act/Financial Aid and scholarships

  • Provide workshops relative to undocumented students and their families.

The DREAM Program was developed through commitment and collaboration from the following Santa Monica College departments:

  • Student Equity

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships


  • The Vice President of Student Affairs Office

  • SMC Foundation

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Book Your Appointment

You can request a phone or video appointment by:


Voice Message: 310-434-4892

First time contacting the Dream Program?

Complete the Welcome Form!


Office Hours | Spring 2021 

Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Drop in Office

Want to ask questions about the program?
Need to schedule an appointment with a Dream counselor or would simply like to check in?
Join us in our zoom room!

The room is open for 30 minutes to an hour. 

One student is allowed in at a time.

Meeting ID: 942 4672 4121

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. (until June 10, 2021)

Wellness Counseling

DREAM Therapist: Kimberly Rios-Lam, Psy.D​

Spring 2021 Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday

Telehealth Therapy Options: Video or phone sessions offered

How to meet with your DREAM Therapist
First time student accessing mental health services through DREAM, please contact your academic counselor or the program specialist for a referral form.​

Immigration Legal Services Project

Schedule your DACA renewal appointment with CARECEN using their online system: CARECEN-LA College Legal Services

  1. Click the "Book Now" button.
  2. Select the Santa Monica College tab.
  3. Select first-time appointment (for DACA renewals, etc.).

For now, they have Mondays available for SMC students through their online system. Appointments may be conducted via videochat during the current social-distancing mandate.

Legal services through this agency are FREE for SMC students, staff, and faculty and includes DACA renewals, general consultation, and more!

March 31, 2021 Immigration Updates
Immigration Updates 3/31/21

Public Charge Rule

Watch additional videos on our Immigration Resources Page.

Scholarships 2020-2021

Check here for scholarships that are available to undocumented students.

SMC Foundation Stands with Undocumented Students

Santa Monica College Foundation has established a scholarship fund to provide immediate assistance to SMC's students who are undocumented and are faced with an unforeseen cost to attend college, such as the advanced financial burden to re-apply for DACA. The application fee is $495 per student. With the Trump Administration's announcement to end DACA, the reapplication process was fast-tracked, placing an unreasonable financial burden on our students.

Please consider a gift to this timely and most important initiative. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit SMC Undocumented Students.

Donate to Support our Undocumented Students