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Office Hours

Monday – Tuesday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. In-Person and Online SErvices
Wednesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In-Person and Online SErvices
Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. In-Person and Online SErvices

To determine your eligibility for the program, please contact the DREAM Team Liaisons.

Ali Raventos  Admissions and Records Technician araventos@craftonhills.edu 909-389-3370
Ali Bonetta EOPS/DREAMers Counselor abonetta@craftonhills.edu 909-389-3239
Dr. Rejoice Chavira Assoc. Dean, EOPS/DREAMers rchavira@craftonhills.edu 909-389-3456
Nati Rodriguez  EOPS Coordinator nrodrigu@craftonhills.edu 909-389-3239  
Veronica Lehman Financial Aid Director, Interim vlehman@craftonhills.edu 909-389-3240

CCR-221 (Campus Map) | 909-389-3239 | eops@craftonhills.edu 

 

What is the DREAMers Scholars Program?

Crafton Hills College welcomes undocumented students, parents, staff, faculty, and community members. Our campus is committed to maintaining a safe space for all students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. Our mission is to educate and empower students about the resources available to make their educational journey successful. Crafton Hills College DREAMers Scholars Program is designed to improve student success and help to successfully transition undocumented students, DACA students and those from mixed status families into college. The program provides academic advising, counseling, referrals to student services programs, and community resources. The DREAMers Scholars Program will be at the forefront of advocacy for undocumented students at Crafton Hills College and will adapt to the ever-changing landscape of immigration policy in the state and country.

Services Provided: 

  • Counseling
  • Grants for students
  • Laptops/computers
  • Hotspots 
  • Book assistance
  • Academic supplies assistance
  • Campus resources
  • Community resources
  • Workshops/Events
  • Scholarship information
  • And so much more
DREAMers Scholars

 

Information for Undocumented Students 

An undocumented student is a foreign national who:

  • entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or
  • entered legally as a nonimmigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United States without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).

In contrast, a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) is defined as a person who was granted the right to live permanently in the United States. An LPR is a “green card” holder that is allowed to legally work and live in the United States.

AB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid.

Students must have:

  1. Satisfaction of either of the following:
    1. High School attendance in California for three or more years.
    2. Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
  2. Graduated or will graduate from a California high school or obtained a Certificate or General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
  3. Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
  4. If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
  5. Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)**

If you meet the requirements above, you should complete the CA Dream Act Application for financial aid. (A certified GPA is also necessary for Cal Grant consideration.) Your college is responsible for verifying your AB 540 eligibility. Check with your Admissions Office early in the summer before the Fall Term starts.

**If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you may be eligible for the California Dream Act. AB 1899 allows U and T visa holders to also apply for state financial aid. (T visa holders should file a FAFSA, U visa holders should file a CA Dream Act Application)

  • Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle-Class Scholarship
  • UC Grants, State University Grants
  • California College Promise Grant (Formerly BOG Fee Waiver)
  • EOP/EOPS - Some University scholarships
  • Some private scholarships administered by campuses

Application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March

  • Dreamer Cal Grants include:
    • High School Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
    • CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
    • Cal Grant C

Dreamers are not eligible to receive Competitive Cal Grants.

A Dreamer Cal Grant application
A Dreamer Cal Grant application = CA Dream Act Application + Non-SSN GPA

You can submit your GPA the following ways:

  • Non-SSN - - Best!
  • SSN (with your DACA) - but you MUST make sure you include your DACA SSN on Question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application (may slow down processing of your application)

You must meet the application deadline and all applicable eligibility requirements to qualify for any financial aid listed above.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.

  • It is not the same as financial aid
  • It does not grant lawful immigration status
  • It does allow individuals to apply for an SSN and work authorization

CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.

For more info about DACA visit:

 

Resources

On Campus

For Mental Health Counseling Services, the Health and Wellness Center offers depression counseling, stress testing and counseling, crisis intervention, and short-term situational counseling for relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress and other life difficulties. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist available.

Mental Health Counseling Services 

If you need help with the cost of attending college, the Financial Aid Office is here to help. No student should be denied access to the educational experience because of a lack of funds. The distribution of these funds is regulated by laws designed to direct education support funds to those who need them most.

Financial Aid 

EOPS offers special services to educationally disadvantaged students including counseling services, financial assistance, tutoring, orientation, priority registration assistance

Extended Opportunity Program Services (EOPS)

Hundreds of students are impoverished and are experiencing food insecurity. CHC is committed to helping students engage, learn and advance. This is difficult to do if nutritional needs are not met. The CHC Food Pantry is open to registered CHC students only.

COACH Cupboard Food Pantry 

Additional help: However, our friends at Family Services Association of Redlands provide a variety of services and items that may be useful to you. Register today for their weekly Food Box Drive Thru Event. Please register before the 1st of each month. If that is not possible, please register three days before you plan to attend.

Register for Food Box Distribution Drive-Thru

 

Off Campus

San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc. is helping DACA recipients with free consultations and renewal services for those who qualify. Please visit their website for more information.

San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc. 

AB 540 allows undocumented students to qualify for in-state-tuition in all California's public colleges and universities and some private universities. Please click on link above to find out more about the bill

Submitting the AB-540 AB-2000 SB-68 Affidavit (pdf) 

To see if you qualify for California In-State Tuition visit the following link:

California In-State Tuition Tool 

My Undocumented Life provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students, their families, and allies.

My Undocumented Life 

MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization.

MALDEF  

They empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. 

Immigrants Rising 

NALEO Educational Fund is providing state and local policymakers with resources to help educate and support immigrant families in light of the evolving national dialogue on the future of our immigration policies.

Naleo Educational Fund 

We have provided a separate page with information on which rights you have regarding contact with an ICE Agent, as well as additional resources.

We have provided a separate page with information on free or reduced cost services you can make use of during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Crafton Hills College Financial Aid Office

Information about Dream Act and AB 540 eligibility at Crafton Hills College.

Crafton Hills College school code for Dream Act: 009272

Completing the California Dream Act Application

A guide on how to complete the Dream Act application provided by Immigrants Rising

Informed Immigrants Guide for Current College Students

Informed Immigrants provides extensive resources for current college students who are undocumented.

DACA Applications and Renewals

On January 20, 2021, the president signed an executive action to preserve and fortify DACA. President Biden's memo asks the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to take all actions he deems appropriate to preserve and fortify DACA.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has received additional funding to continue to support individuals with their DACA renewal fees. As a reminder, the funding covers the $495 DACA renewal application fee for income-eligible California residents. Here are the DACA renewal locations of the CDSS

Currenty, https://www.chirla.org/ has funds for DACA renewals. Students are encouraged to sign up for a consultation so that they may be screened for other relief they might qualify for besides DACA. If the slots fill up for consultations, you can also visit CHIRLA's DACA Clinic that happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. on their Instagram page (@chirla_org). Sign ups for CHIRLA's DACA clinic start at 8 a.m.

United We Dream

United We Dream has great videos regarding UndocuHealth. Watch them all!

Immigration Advocates Network

National immigration legal services directory.

California Student Aid Commission

Dream Act resources.

California State University

Resources for undocumented students at CSU.

University of California

Resources for undocumented students at UC. Understanding residency at UC.

Pre-Health Dreamers

Resources for promoting education and healthcare access for immigrant communities.

National Immigration Legal Services Directory

Search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility

Additional Documents

 

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