Applying for college and financial aid is complicated, time-consuming, and daunting at times. Even more so for undocumented students, but there is support and lots of resources for undocumented students to attend and afford college in California. Please explore the resources below. If you have questions or need additional support, please reach out to your ally in the College & Career Center.
Lists of Scholarships for Undocu-Scholars
Important Announcement from
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The mission of E4FC is to "empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation." They have many resources for undocumented students, including "life-changing financial support that enables undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers." E4FC also provides legal services and deferred action resources.
Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year, and many do not realize that they can continue their education in college, not only because of admissions requirements, but also because of affordability. Currently, however, sixteen states allow undocumented students to not just attend college, to pay in-state tuition, resident tuition as well.
Image Credit: College Guide for Undocumented Students.
In California, undocumented students are welcomed to attend any of our 23 California State Universities, ten University of California campuses, or 113 California Community Colleges and pay resident/in-state tuition.
While undocumented students are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid, they are eligible for Cal Grants, institution based financial aid, and there are many scholarships specifically available to undocumented students.