The following resources already exist at Cal Poly for undocumented students. In addition to the information listed below, Cal Poly maintains a helpful comprehensive list of resources on the enrolled student page.
For contacts within specific departments or offices, see our Campus Networks tab. When interacting with faculty, staff, and offices around campus, remember that you are never required to reveal your status.
We recommend getting in touch with your faculty advisor because they’ll be with you throughout your time at Cal Poly. If you don’t know who your advisor is, contact your college’s Advising Center.
Student Academic Services has a comprehensive list of academic success communities and opportunities for students.
Here is a short list of programs and offerings around campus that we think may be particularly helpful:
Clubs are a great place to connect with a community and work on things you’re interested in outside of the classroom. A few particular clubs that the Undocumented Student Working Group has a relationship with are:
Nationally, Pre-Health DREAMers provides support to undocumented students who are pursuing careers in the health and science fields.
February 14, 2017 Note: This Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission notifies Financial Aid Administrators and High School Counselors that the parent signature option of the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is not functioning properly when using the Mozilla Firefox browser. The following web browsers should be used for optimal compatibility: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9.0 or higher; Google Chrome version 24.0 or higher; Apple Safari version 5.0 and higher.
AB 540 (eligibility requirements) allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at state schools in California. Students who are eligible for AB 540 are also now eligible to apply for California financial aid (grants and the DREAM Loan), as well as non-state funded scholarships through the California DREAM Act Application. Throughout the DREAM Act Application process, all information received from the student and/or family is kept confidential under California state law.
(Please note that students who are not eligible for AB 540 may still be eligible for some external scholarship support.)
In addition to information on this webpage, we strongly recommend using Immigrants Rising student guide to the California DREAM Act.
The first step in applying for financial aid as an AB 540 student, is to complete the AB 540 Affidavit and submit it to Cal Poly’s Admissions Office.
California DREAM Act Application
After submitting the AB 540 Affidavit, you need to complete the California DREAM Act Application. This means you are automatically considered for the California DREAM Loan and state-funded financial aid, including: institutional state grants, Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, and the State Educational Opportunity Program Grant.
You will receive an award notification after your application passes a verification process, and your financial aid award will be posted to your Portal. You may be selected for a verification process, in which case you will be required to submit additional information and respond promptly to any requests from the Financial Aid Office. Information will be posted on your Cal Poly Portal To-Do List.
The California DREAM Act Application must be renewed each year and financial aid eligibility is dependent on maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which is determined at the end of each spring quarter.
California DREAM Loan
The California DREAM Loan is a subsidized loan program for undergraduate students who have a valid California DREAM Act application and AB 540 Affidavit on file with Cal Poly. Eligible students are automatically offered the loan if funding is available. These students will receive an email notification with the new financial aid award offer on their Portal. The steps required to receive the loan, listed below, will be added to a student's To Do List on their Student Center after the loan has been accepted.
Additional Steps to Finalize the California DREAM Loan Award:
The loan will be granted to another eligible student if it is not accepted and finalized within 30 days after it is offered.
The interest rate for 2016-17 loans is 3.76%. Repayment begins 6 months after a student ceases to attend Cal Poly at least half-time (12 units per quarter), including after graduation.
The loan amount offered for the 2016-17 school year is $1,200 per student.
There are a lot of scholarship resources and databases. The eligibility requirements and application timelines vary by program. We recommend the following starting points:
Students who attended high school in Santa Barbara County are eligible for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara's scholarship. Contact Jose Olvera (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Check out these Healing and Wellness Resources
This resource not only provides mental health resources but also can connect you with a confidential therapist for free and wellness gatherings across the state.
This page provides resources for undocumented immigrants, not just in regards to educational opportunities and immigration news, but also health services. It is updated periodically to ensure the information is current!
This is a tool guide to help you find way to cope with stress and anxiety. It includes tips you can implement in real time and information on lifeline numbers and chats.
This page highlights the power of art as resistance and healing. It highlights seven undocumented artist you will want to follow and be in community with.
This resource provides a list of 15 podcasts working to end the stigma of mental health in communities of color and centers healing from the perspective of people of color.
Dr. Farima Pour-Khorshid is a teacher educator, community organizer and critical scholar who created this guide to serve as a a communal platform for resources related to wellness, teaching, wrap around services.
Collected resources that have been tailored to the mental health needs of various racial and ethnic groups.
1. Cal Poly Cares
The Cal Poly Cares Grant is an emergency grant that can help fund critical unmet needs in housing, food, personal care, academic materials, and professional clothing. These grants are targeted for unplanned expenses that require immediate relief (such as travel home for emergency situations.) The Cal Poly Cares Grant program is available to all Cal Poly students.
2. Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing Center offers health services, counseling, health education, and general well-being support for the campus community.
3. Student Diversity And Belonging (SDAB)
Student Diversity And Belonging (SDAB)
4. Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. The DRC provides information and support services to Cal Poly students with permanent and temporary disabilities.
The Cal Poly Hunger Program ensures that all students have access to nutritious meals each day in order to stay focused on their education at Cal Poly. Any student is welcome to use these free, confidential, no-hassle services:
6. Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support
On-campus, Safer offers confidential advocacy, education, and support resources for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. You can schedule a confidential meeting with a Safer counselor here.
7. Office of Student Ombuds Services
The Office of Student Ombuds Services is a campus resource for all Cal Poly students. The Ombuds staff are committed to hearing about students’ experiences. The office offers a safe place to go for assistance in resolving any university related issue, concern, conflict, or complaint.