Student Support

DREAM Program

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

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Undocumented Student Action Week 2020!

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 | Summer 2020 

  • Monday & Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wellness Counseling

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

Fall 2020 Schedule: Coming soon.

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!​

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