Dream Resource Center

Starting and Paying for College

Empowering and Elevating the Voices of Undocumented Students and Students from Mixed Status Households

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There are more ways that you might not have known about to afford college. Undocumented students and mixed status students are eligible! Check here for more info on qualifying, as well as how to apply to college. We can assist in applying for the California Dream Act/Financial Aid and scholarships.

Applying and Starting College

A guide to the process of application for undocumented students.

Applying to SMC as an Undocumented Student

Follow the steps below to apply and enroll at SMC. Special instructions apply for Undocumented students. Please read carefully to expedite processing

Paying for College

Different ways to pay for college.

About the California DREAM Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students enrolled at California colleges to apply for financial aid.  It is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly  Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law (see below) to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130), state administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131).

Click for Latest Updates on the California Dream Act


California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540)

  • California Community College students who qualify for the Nonresident Tuition Exemption (previously referred to as the AB540 Exemption) will be charged in-state enrollment fees—currently, $46 per unit, and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents.
  • Criteria to qualify may be found on the Exemption form.

What is AB540 / What are AB540 Requirements?


Scholarships 2020-2021

Check here for scholarships that are available to undocumented students. 
  1. Immigrants Rising: Immigrant Rising’s List of Undergraduate Scholarships contains scholarships for undergraduate studies that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the local (Bay Area), state and national level.
    Immigrants Rising List of Undergrad Scholarships
  2. SMC Foundation: For current SMC students who meet the minimum academic criteria: Minimum overall GPA of 2.5, Complete at least six SMC units by the SMC scholarship deadline of March 21, 2021, Enroll in at least six SMC units for Fall 2020 and at least six SMC units for Spring 2021
    How to apply to SMC Foundation Scholarships

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