DREAMers Scholars Program
|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 Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org||909-389-3370|
|Ali Bonetta||EOPS/DREAMers Counseloremail@example.com||909-389-3239|
|Nati Rodriguez||EOPS Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||909-389-3239|
|Veronica Lehman||Financial Aid Director, Interimemail@example.com||909-389-3240|
CCR-221 (Campus Map) | 909-389-3239 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Grants for students
- Book assistance
- Academic supplies assistance
- Campus resources
- Community resources
- Scholarship information
- And so much more
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:
- Satisfaction of either of the following:
- High School attendance in California for three or more years.
- 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.
- 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).
- Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
- If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
- 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:
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.
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.
EOPS offers special services to educationally disadvantaged students including counseling services, financial assistance, tutoring, orientation, priority registration assistance
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.
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.
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.
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
To see if you qualify for California In-State Tuition visit the following link:
My Undocumented Life provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students, their families, and allies.
They empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.
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.
We have provided a separate page with information on which rights you have regarding contact with an ICE Agent, as well as additional resources.
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
California Student Aid Commission
California State University
Resources for undocumented students at CSU.
University of California
National Immigration Legal Services Directory
Search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility
- Crafton Hills College Scholarships
- Complete list of Scholarships for the San Bernardino Community College District
- Immigrants Rising
- Collegeboard Scholarships
- The Dream Us
- My Undocumented Life
- CA Dream Act
- Resources for CA Dream Act Application
- California Student Aid Commission
- MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide
- DREAMers Scholars