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We Stand With Our Dreamers

Orange Coast College welcomes and supports students from ALL walks of life, regardless of immigration status. In accordance with California law AB 540 and the California Dream Act, undocumented students at OCC will be afforded the same rights and resources as their peers, including access to resident tuition fees and financial aid. 

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What is DACA?

Created under the administration of President Barack Obama, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) granted employment authorization to undocumented immigrants who:
  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  2. Came to the United States before their 16th birthday
  3. Continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
  4. Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or their lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  6. Were currently in school, graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or were an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  7. Had not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and did not otherwise pose a threat to national security of public safety

How do I apply for DACA?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept or process first-time NEW applications for deferred action.

Should I renew my DACA?

If you currently have DACA that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you can apply to renew your status. You must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017. This deadline is very important, and all DACA recipients who qualify for this renewal should contact an immigration attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals accredited organization to initiate the renewal process.

A list of BIA accredited organizations in or near Orange County can be found here.

What is the difference between DACA, AB 540, and the California Dream Act?

DACA, AB 540 and the California Dream Act are not the same. In the state of California, the unwinding of DACA does NOT impact a student’s ability to attend college, qualify for exemption from non-resident tuition fees, or apply for financial aid.

Please see the table below to understand the difference between these three programs.

Program Details
AB540 (Assembly Bill 540):
  • Allows qualified students to pay resident fees at California colleges and universities
  • This is not the same as the California Dream Act. Students who wish to be considered for the CA Dream Act, must apply separately.
  • The California Dream Act Application allows students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid
  • This application is unrelated to DACA
  • CA Dream Act applications are reviewed by the state of California. Information from this application is not shared with the federal government


DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals):
  • Grants two-year worker authorization and temporary relief of deportation
  • DACA applications are reviewed by the federal government
  • Provides temporary Social Security card for WORK ONLY


What is Advance Parole?

Advance Parole granted DACA recipients the opportunity to obtain a permit to travel abroad for educational, employment or humanitarian purposes.

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will no longer approve any applications for advance parole, although it will honor the validity period for previously approved applications for advance parole.


Contacts Information:

For general questions about DACA
Global Engagement Center
Phone: (714) 432-6810
For questions about DACA resources on campus
Student Equity
Location: Watson Hall, 2nd floor
Phone: (714) 432-6847
For questions about AB 540 status
Enrollment Center
Location: Watson Hall, 1st floor
Phone: (714) 432-0202 ext. 26379
For questions about Financial Aid under California Dream Act
Financial Aid
Location: Watson Hall, 4th floor
Phone: (714) 432-5508