Dreamer Resources

What is a Dreamer?

Dreamer is a commonly used term for a college student who was brought to this country as a child and knows no other location, other than the Unites States, as his or her home country.
Comparison Chart: DACA, California Dream Act, AB 540, and DREAM Act (pdf)

What is AB540?

On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 adding a new section to the California Education Code. The bill created a new exemption from the payment of non-resident tuition for certain students who have attended high school in California for three or more years and have received a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Comparison Chart: DACA, California Dream Act, AB 540, and DREAM Act (pdf)

What is DACA?

DACA is an immigration policy that allows some individuals who were brought to the United States without documentation as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients. The policy was announced by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012.
Comparison Chart: DACA, California Dream Act, AB 540, and DREAM Act
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What does it mean to be undocumented?

Undocumented students face greater obstacles to college attainment, retention and graduation than typical college students. With added legal and financial constraints, undocumented students often need help navigating the complexities of college. Not all undocumented students are eligible for AB540 or DACA; some are eligible for one and not the other, while an even smaller population is eligible for both. Please reach out to GCC campus resources listed on this page to speak confidentially with a staff member, advisor or instructor about your college options.