Undocumented Students

CCA works with undocumented students including DACA, DREAM Act, and AB 540 students, to help them apply for admission and earn a degree.

Safe Space

To connect with campus support allies, look for offices that display the “dreamers” butterfly logo.

Your privacy is protected by law. Regardless of whom you approach on campus, your immigration status will remain confidential (as do your grades, records, and medical information).

Campus Resources

Please know that our colleagues in Student Affairs and throughout the College are here to support all students, including those who may be impacted by the change to the DACA program. If you communicate with a DACA student who has questions about employment, please advise them to contact Diana Chavez, Director of Career Development, DREAMers with questions about financial aid should contact Dewayne Barnes, Director of Financial Aid. Those seeking referrals to immigration attorneys can contact Jessica McMillan, Director of International Student Affairs and Programs (San Francisco-based) or Jennifer Glass, Assistant Director of International Student Affairs and Programs (Oakland-based). 

Applying for Admissions

Your citizenship status will not affect your admission decision.

The Citizenship Question

For official reporting, CCA categorizes students as either “domestic” or “international.” Undocumented students are categorized as international students; however, you need to complete the application requirements of a domestic student.

Use the following information to answer certain application questions.

Common Application

Choose “Other” for citizenship status, and then choose “I do not hold a currently valid US nonimmigrant Visa” from the “Currently held United States visa” section.

CCA Online Application

Choose “DREAMers” for citizenship status.

Social Security Number

If you have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) use that number on your admission and financial aid applications. If you do not have either a valid SSN or ITIN, leave this item blank.

Country of Citizenship

As an undocumented immigrant student, you have the option to choose “No Selection.” This option is considered a valid response, and we recommend this choice including those with DACA status.

By choosing “No Selection,” you’ll avoid additional questions about permanent residency and visa status that are not applicable to you.

Personal Statement

The personal statement or any additional comments sections are optional. You may provide supplemental context (i.e., to help reviewers better understand your circumstance and resources), but such information will not be used outside the application process.

Parent Citizenship Information

Upon submission of your application, you'll be asked questions about your parents’ citizenship status. You do not have to answer these questions. However, if you wish to answer them, do so truthfully.

Fee Waivers

Eligibility for a fee waiver is based on the following questions:

  • Citizenship status if you choose “No selection”
  • California residency if you attended a California high school for three or more years and will graduate or have graduated from a California high school
  • Your family's income and the number of people supported by that income

Applying for Financial Aid

We suggest all undocumented students complete the California Dream Act Application for financial aid instead of a FAFSA. (A certified GPA is also necessary for Cal Grant consideration.)


  1. Complete the CA Dream Act Application.
  2. Complete a certified GPA* for be considered for Cal Grant.

* If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, be sure to include your DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act application.