Undocumented Student Center
Empowering Undocumented Students, Mixed-Status Families to Meet Their Education and Career Goals
Our Undocumented Student Center is a welcoming and supportive space. We offer nurturing guidance and resources to help empower undocumented students and mixed-status families to meet their higher education and career goals. At the same time, the Center strives to educate our campus community about the needs of undocumented youth and their families through our UndocuAlly trainings for faculty, staff and students.
Services and Resources
- Step-by-step personalized enrollment assistance
- Information on English as a Second Language Program and Puente Program
- Internship opportunities specific to undocumented students
- Dream Club at Sierra College, a safe space for undocumented students to meet one another
- Assistance with applying to Sierra College and external scholarships and fellowships. Check out Immigrant Rising’s list of scholarships and fellowships.
- Help with financial aid applications (California Dream Act, scholarships, internships, fellowships and stipends)
- Information on available programs, such as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), which offers priority registration and financial help with textbooks and transportation
- Help for Cal Grant B recipients with applying to the California Dream Act Dreamer Service Incentive Grant Program. Eligible students who apply can perform community or volunteer service and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester or up to $1,000 per quarter) to 2,500 eligible students.
- Free legal consultations for enrolled students provided by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights).
- Are you renewing your DACA? Find FREE immigration legal support and get your DACA renewal fee covered if you’re enrolled in a California Community College. Visit findyourally.com/ccc today to schedule an appointment with trusted legal services.
- Need to meet with an Immigration Attorney? You can schedule an appointment via the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Scroll halfway down the web page to “Access Legal Services”, click “Community Colleges” button, and select a date and time that works for you.
- Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) consultations and processing.
Health and Wellness
- Access to on-campus food pantry, which also stocks women’s wellness and hygiene products.
- Receive free individual therapy sessions (bilingual in Spanish) offered by Maria Gallardo, MS, PPS, LPC, #7219, sponsored by Wellness Together and HearYou.org. Complete this referral form to schedule a consultation.
- Attend monthly Self-care lunch and Undocu talks.
Get Started at Sierra College
Sierra College strives to provide equitable access to education for all of our students. You deserve to continue your educational journey, to fulfill your dreams, and to transform your life.
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
Frequently Asked Questions
Keeping the Dream Alive
The Undocumented Student Center was privately funded by the California Campus Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is a grant focused on higher education opportunities and resources for undocumented students. These grants were provided to two-year and four-year institutions throughout the state. The Catalyst Fund is a partnership between Immigrants Rising and Sierra College.
Currently, the Undocumented Student Center is funded by the state of California via AB 1645 (Blanca Rubio) Student Support Services: Dreamer Resource Liaisons Bill funding.
In December 2020, the “Exemplary Program Award for Equitable Practices in a Virtual Educational Environment” was awarded to Sierra College by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.
Get In Touch
Virtual services 9:00am – 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday via Zoom (https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/5574205383).
In person services on Wednesday and Thursday.