» Resources for Students Who Are Undocumented

This is an online resource for students who are undocumented. This webpage was created in collaboration between the Forum for Undocumented Students and Diversity & Inclusion in the Office of the Provost. Want to add a resource to this page?  Contact us!

To connect with a committee member from the Forum for Undocumented Students and receive new resource updates, contact: Dr. Oliver Lopez, Chair.

Chapman University's first Undocumented Student Conference took place on September 28, 2019. Read about the event here.

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Resources that students and families, DACA and undocumented alike, can approach:

United We Dream 5 Things To Know

Information page where undocumented students can get basic information about the Trump Administration's announcement to end DACA.

American Civil Liberties Union

Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more here about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them.

National Immigration Law Center 

Community education resources from the National Immigration Center. 

California Office of Immigrant Assistance

The Attorney General's Office is committed to protecting immigrant communities, public safety and the basic rights of all Californians through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws and consumer protections and by promoting trust and cooperation between immigrants and law enforcement.

Public Law Center

The Public Law Center is a pro-bono law firm that provides access to justice for low-income residents of Orange County.

Dedicated DACA Line: (714) 541-1010, Extension 332
601 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Catholic Charities of Orange County

Catholic Charities of Orange County provides low cost (or no cost depending on funding), high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants and refugees to obtain legal immigrant or citizenship status in our community. 

(714) 347-9610
1800 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: What do I need to know?

Resource center where undocumented students can get legal information about the end of DACA. Information available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (Long Beach Office) 

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved – leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system.

(800) 399-4529
601 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

OC Rapid Response Network

Coalition of volunteer lawyers, resource providers, community organizations, and community members who are committed and ready to respond to immigration raids, and increased enforcement affecting Orange County. The Network brings together members from civil rights, immigrants' rights, labor, faith-based, and community organizations across OC.

(714) 881-1558

CSUF Titan Dreamers Resource Center

A resource center where undocumented students can access academic and emotional support, referrals to financial assistance, information on programs/services designed to improve retention/graduation rates, and a safe space where students can connect with one another.

Open to students from any university.  Please download attachment for further details.

Pollak Library North 203, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3234

UCI Dreamers’ Resource Office

List of resources including health services, emergency shelter and food, as well as legal services for undocumented individuals living in the Southern California area.

112 Cross Cultural Center
Download List of Resources.

The Friendly Center

A non-profit in Orange County that helps keep children and their families safe, stable, and secure. The Friendly Center works alongside families to prevent homelessness and provide food box, tutoring for youth, senior services, family counseling, housing.

147 W. Rose Ave., Orange, CA 92867
(714) 771-5300

California Family Institute

No-cost counseling services to dreamers, family and friends of dreamers.

2900 Bristol St. Suite C-208., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 381-1510

Scholarship Resources 

General Resources

DACA | Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Provides temporary relief from deportation for two years at a time and may be renewed. 

DACA Renewal within established national deadlines - for assistance contact dacafund@gmail.com.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012
  • Arrived in United States prior to 16th birthday
  • Continuously resided in United States since June 15, 2001 to present time
  • Currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, GED, or honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor

Benefits Available under DACA

Apply or Renew at  www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals

Downloadable Resource Guides

Multilingual DACA Informational Videos

United We Dream 5 Things to Know - Information page where undocumented students can get basic information about the Trump Administration's announcement to end DACA.

DACA Facts – Department of Homeland Security, Updated Sept 5, 2017

AB 540 | California Dream Act

Used by undocumented students who meet eligibility requirements and come from a lower house hold or qualify for need-based aid. Visit Chapman Admissions - Undocumented Students for information and deadlines. 

On Campus Advocates

Advocates for Undocumented Students

It is important to let students know there is a community of advocates knowledgeable and open to assisting undocumented students. An UndocuFriendly campus. The Diversity at Chapman webpage not only lists a group of staff and faculty advocates, it also consolidates a lists of department resources for all students to utilize. 

Emergency Aid - Dean of Students Office 

  • (714) 997-6721
  • Argyros Forum 201


Marisa CianciaruloProfessor, Director, Family Protection Clinic, Fowler School of Law

Oliver Lopez, Assistant Professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology

Staff & Administrators

Arturo “Tito” Covert-Ortiz, Jr., Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid

Chelsea Dempsey, Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid

Chris Roach, Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness & Faculty Affairs

Christian Aguilar, Admission Counselor

Gabriela Castaneda, Assistant Director, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Career Services

Jodi Hicks, Assistant Director of Overseas Programs, Center for Global Education

Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Director of Undergraduate Admission

Marissa Tobias, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid 

Ryan Boudreau, Financial Aid Advisor, Office of Financial Aid

Opportunities for Engagement

Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum

The Chapman Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum was developed in Fall 2015 by Maria Contreras, Associate Director of Admissions Systems and Operations, and Rueben Martinez, Presidential Fellow in the College of Educational Studies. The Chapman Latinx Staff and Faculty forum aims to provide support to Latinx students, staff and faculty by developing connections and building a bridge between students, parents, alumni, community organizations and the Chapman community.

Contact: Marisol Arredondo Samson | Chair, Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum | arredond@chapman.edu

Rueben Martinez  | Vice-Chair, Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum | martinez@chapman.edu

Cross-Cultural Center

The mission of the Cross-Cultural Center has always been about student learning. Specifically, our work is guided by the following Student Affairs Learning Outcome: A Value and Respect for Differences - students will learn to recognize, respect, and value diverse experiences, ideas, backgrounds, and identities.

Contact: Argyros Forum 304 |  (714) 997-6735 | crossculturalcenter@chapman.edu

Official Hours: Monday- Friday 7 a.m.-midnight; Saturday- Sunday 8 a.m.-midnight

Center for Global Education

Students who are undocumented must meet very specific qualifications in order to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Homeland Security has stated that it will accept applications for Advance Parole for "education, humanitarian and work purposes" for individuals who have been granted DACA in order to travel abroad for educational purposes. More information and resources available here

Contact: Jodi Hicks | Assistant Director of  Overseas Programs, Center for Global Education | (714) 997-6629 | jebner@chapman.edu 

Academic Resources

Office of the Registrar

Student Services: Transcripts, Registration, Transfer courses after matriculation, Program Changes and Evaluation, Privacy Rights (FERPA), Student Status (full-time/part-time)

For information regarding interrupted enrollment/leave of absence, visit chapman.edu/articulation.

Contact: Marcela Valle |  Program Advisor, Argyros School of Business and Economics | mvalle@chapman.edu

Center for Global Education

Advance Parole applications are no longer being accepted due to the rescission of DACA on 9/5/2017. Therefore, students who have been previously approved for Advanced Parole for studying abroad as a DACA student face a great risk that they will not be able to re-enter the United States if they travel outside the U.S. DACA and Undocumented students must seek counsel from an experienced U.S. immigration attorney before planning any travel outside the U.S.  Laws can change at any time and DACA and Undocumented students have a high risk of not being able to return to the U.S. if you leave.

The Center for Global Education is proud to support DACA students and affirm our commitment to support our undocumented student population at Chapman University through Diversity and Inclusion. DACA and Undocumented students are encouraged to seek domestic study opportunities through Chapman such as such the Washington D.C. Semester Program or Travel Courses in the U.S. during Interterm or summer.

Contact: Jodi Hicks | Assistant Director of Overseas Programs | (714) 997-6629 | jebner@chapman.edu

Off Campus Resources


Dedicated DACA Line  | (714) 541-1010, Extension 332

CSUF Titan Dreamers Resource Center 

Pollak Library North 203, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831 | (657) 278-3234 | tdrc @fullerton.edu

Public Law Center

601 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701  | (714) 541-1010  |  info@publiclawcenter.org

UCI Dreamers’ Resource Office

112 Cross Cultural Center. Download List of Resources. 

National Immigration Law Center 

3435 Wilshire Blvd #2850, Los Angeles, CA 90010 | (213) 639-3900 | reply@nilc.org

UPLIFT | Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander Youth in Los Angeles 

1145 Wilshire Blvd # 200 Los Angeles, CA 90017 | upliftlosangeles@gmail.com 

ASPIRE | Pan-Asian undocumented immigrants 

55 Columbus Ave, San Francisco CA, 94111 | (415) 848-7753 | aspire@advancingjustice-alc.org


UNITED WE DREAM | Immigrant Youth Building a Movement for Justice |  Know Your Rights 

UndocuBlackNetwork | Twitter.com/UndocuBlack

MADELF | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Dream Activist | Undocumented Students Action & Resource Network

Define American  | non-profit media and culture organization

College Board Information for Undocumented Students and Parents

Para los Padres

Translated Resources: Spanish

Ayuda Financiera del Estudiante en Espanol : Student Financial Aid Guide in Spanish

Multilingual DACA Informational Videos

Undocufriendly Scholarships

Chapman Admission - Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Undocumented Student Resource Guide

E4FC Scholarships that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or residency

Department of Education: Scholarships Available to Undocumented Students Page 38-42

Paul and Daisy Sodaro Fellowship for New Americans (available to children of immigrants and DACA recipients)