Undocumented Student Support

Assisting our colleges in supporting all students.

As national rhetoric intensifies around immigration, FoundationCCC is continuously supporting efforts to provide clear pathways and resources for undocumented students to accomplish their educational goals and to ensure campuses remain accessible in order to serve all students equally regardless of their immigration status.

Program Services

Immigration Legal Services Project

The Community College Legal Services Project provides free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services for undocumented students, staff, and faculty on California community college campuses. For more information on the Legal Services Project, visit the Chancellor’s Office website.

The support includes a wide range of services including, but not limited to, screening for different forms of relief, DACA renewals, family-based petitions, citizenship/naturalization requests, and more. Students attending California Community Colleges are also eligible to have their DACA fees covered under this program.

  • 7,500+ students

    supported with legal services.

  • 10,000+ participants

    in informational webinars provided by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

  • 30,000+ pieces of outreach materials

    disseminated to 300+ organizations across the state.

  • 115 campuses

    with on-site services.

Undocumented Student Support Project

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and FoundationCCC launched the Undocumented Student Support Project (USSP) with philanthropic support from The James Irvine Foundation. The project works in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office to close achievement gaps and to increase the number of undocumented students enrolling, transferring, and earning degrees and certificates. USSP provides system-wide guidance, tools, and resources, such as the Undocumented Students Support E-Handbook, for colleges to adopt innovative student-focused solutions that comply with federal and state mandates, including Assembly Bill 1645, which requires each California Community Colleges to identify an UndocuLiaison (Dreamer Resource Liaison)

  • 300+ Undoculiaisons

    in the undocumented student support network.

  • 10,500+ pageviews

    of the Undocumented Students Support E-Handbook.

Supporting Undocumented Students Learning Module

The Supporting Undocumented Students learning module provides an overview of the needs of undocumented students, with information that can empower every individual in our system to become an advocate for this student population. Additionally, the module provides a common understanding of undocumented students in our system and promising practices for supporting them. Users can access the Supporting Undocumented Students module once they are logged in to the Vision Resource Center.

Dreamers Project Final Report

The California Community Colleges Dreamers Project report titled ‘Strengthening Institutional Practices To Support Undocumented Student Success’ provided a landscape analysis of the undocumented student experience at California Community Colleges. 

As such, the report has served as a road map to help colleges institutionalize support for DACA recipients and those students with no immigration status and to bridge the equity gaps that were identified to support this vulnerable population.

Determined Voices Campaign

Launched in April 2023, the Determined Voices social media campaign is a series of videos focusing on the diversity of the immigrant community. 

The first series of this campaign will be called Determined Voices: Stories of Immigrant Women . It will be an 18-month public awareness campaign to share the stories of 8-10 diverse immigrant women who have launched successful careers through educational opportunities at the California Community Colleges. The goal of the social media campaign will be to inspire women of all ages who are immigrants, regardless of immigration status, to explore higher education at California Community Colleges as an accessible and proven path to launch successful careers.

The Determined Voices campaign will be conducted in collaboration with Immigration Legal Services, a FoundationCCC program that, in partnership with the CCC Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Social Services, provides free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services for undocumented students, staff, and faculty on CCC campuses. Six of the stories will be made possible through support from Michelson Philanthropies.