Porterville College provides a safe and welcoming environment for undocumented, AB540, and/or DACA students and supporters. Our goal is to provide guidance by raising awareness of the laws as well as the rights and opportunities available for undocumented students in the United States, specifically California. Through the DREAMer’s Success Center, we hope to inform undocumented students of the information needed to apply for college in addition to the resources available to help fund their education.
Please Note: "Regardless of what happens at the federal level, state financial aid for Dreamers remains legal in California. A Dreamer student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for a public education or state financial aid. Losing DACA status will not affect most state financial aid. The information provided via the California Dream Act Application is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with the federal government or used for immigration enforcement purposes. The CSAC will protect this information to the fullest extent of the law." ---Lupita Cortez Alcala, CSAC Director
The Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid. Students eligible to file the FAFSA must do so online at www.fafsa.gov Students should not complete both applications. The Dream Act Application is online at www.caldreamact.org.
"My career goal is to be an Elementary Teacher in the near future. The Education Careers Program, EOPS, and the DREAMers Counselor have all provided me with the necessary resources and services to fulfill my educational goals. At PC I received EOPS meal cards, book vouchers, and had the opportunity to visit universities through the Education Careers program as well as I received counseling and free legal immigration services through the support of UFW Foundation and the DREAMers support office. I encourage others to use the resources and services at PC and to not allow life’s obstacles to get in the way of achieving your goals."