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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Undocumented Students

» Resources for Incoming & Current Undocumented Students

This page is for DACA and undocumented students who are part of the Chapman community. You will find information, support, and resources tailored to your needs. 

At Chapman, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and affirming environment where every student can thrive, regardless of their immigration status.

o-lopez-headshot-2.jpgWelcome from Dr. Oliver Lopez, professor and advocate for DACA/undocumented students

It's an honor to welcome you and affirm that you've earned every opportunity at Chapman  you truly belong here. Having been undocumented myself, I understand the struggles and uncertainties of pursuing higher education. That's why I'm deeply committed to collaborating with fellow faculty, staff, students, and administrators from across campus to assist students like you in navigating your college journey.

I'm a professor of Mathematics, but as an advocate for all undocumented/DACA students, I'm eager to meet you in the classroom or around campus.

Remember, you're not alone in this venture. For support, questions, or connecting with allies on campus, don't hesitate to email me at olopez@chapman.edu.

(He/His/Él) Hablo español 

Financial resources

Below are financial resources that can support your educational experience at Chapman University as a DACA/undocumented student.

Aid and awards

  • AB 540 and the California Dream Act: Used by undocumented students who meet eligibility requirements and come from a lower-income household or qualify for need-based aid. Visit the Resources for Undocumented Applicants page for information on applying and deadlines. 

Student employment

DACA students are eligible to work both on-campus and off-campus jobs. This is because the DACA program provides students with a social security number, making it legal to work anywhere in the U.S. 

As you explore and prepare to apply for on-campus or off-campus employment opportunities, you can get support in navigating the application process (e.g. resumes, cover letters, interviews, etc) with the Career and Professional Development Office.

Note that undocumented students without DACA are unable to work on-campus jobs because they do not have the proper work authorization.

On-campus employment

  • To see on-campus employment opportunities, visit the Student Employment page. If you have questions about working on-campus or the application process, email studemp@chapman.edu
  • Please make note of the jobs that require federal work-study since, as a DACA student, you are ineligible for this program. DACA students should only apply to on-campus employment positions that do not require work study.

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  • There are many jobs available within a short walking distance of our Orange Campus. Old Towne Orange is just two blocks away and has many businesses ranging from clothing stores to restaurants, making it a great place to start.
  • If you have a car or can take the train, you can expand your job search to include thousands of businesses and organizations across Orange County and even Los Angeles.
  • Internships are also a great way to get work experience and earn academic credit at the same time. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even discover opportunities for paid internships. 
Valeria Delgado '24
Health Science major & Entrepreneurship minor
"Being a DACA student has allowed me to connect with individuals and faculty who have dedicated time to help me succeed. With the support I receive at Chapman, I've been able to participate in internships, leadership positions, and even on-campus jobs. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I've found in Chapman's community."

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Chapman’s Center for Global Education encourages study abroad/away opportunities for all students, regardless of country of origin or immigration status.

You can learn more about student opportunities on their DACA & Undocumented Students Abroad page



Legal services and resources

While Chapman does not provide in-house legal immigration services to its students, you can utilize the resources below to gain access to professional counsel or representation.

  • DACA renewal: If you have not heard back regarding your DACA renewal status, you can contact your legislative representative who may be able to assist. 
  • DACA/TPS status issues: If your DACA or TPS status becomes threatened for any reason, refer to these resources for guidance and support:

Understanding your DACA status and rights

These resources below provide tips and updates for DACA recipients: