Take advantage of these resources to make the most of the available opportunities for financial aid and assistance:
California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year will have their UC systemwide fees covered by grants and scholarships from UC or other sources if they qualify for need-based financial aid. UCSD's Financial Aid Office can answer any questions you might have about the program.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the premier Hispanic non-profit and non-partisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. "Kika" de la Garza, and Congressman Baltasar Corrada to help increase opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American policy-making process.
Dream Activist is an organization of community members dedicated to passing the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act). The DREAM Act would provide conditional legal status and eventual citizenship to a select group of undocumented students. The Dream Activist site has resources on how to get involved, upcoming events, coalitions, and support services.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) offers undergraduate and graduate students summer- and semester-long paid internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. These 10- and 15-week internship programs allow college students to gain professional development experience that will enable them to make career choices. This program provides over 600 internship opportunities annually, with nearly 40 federal agencies and major corporations.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, has created LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) to "systematically identify, prepare and place emerging Latino professionals in industry specific jobs to bolster the Latino management presence in America's workforce."
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is an excellent resource for a broad range of information on immigration issues. It offers training opportunities, seminars, advice, policy, and bilingual services.
The Latino College Dollars organization is an invaluable source for scholarship information for Latino students. The site provides a tutorial on everything you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. It also includes links to hundreds of scholarships and financial aid options.
A non-profit National Women's organization. The mission and passion is to assist young girls and women, by providing them with skills, tools and the support they need to succeed. They offer a Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship to Latina students enrolled in community college through a doctoral program. Deadline of February 8, 2013.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) empowers members of the Latino community to enter the mainstream of American political and socioeconomic life. Their site provides information on immigration, employee rights, voting rights, education and leadership programs.
MALDEF (see above) provides a list of scholarship opportunities (PDF) with links to and information on each scholarship.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) designed "Keeping the Dream Alive: Resource Guide for Undocumented Students," a student-friendly resource handbook to help undocumented students better prepare for post-secondary education options and, in particular, a college degree.
The Salvadorean American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF) is dedicated to promoting civic participation and representation of and within members of the Salvadoran and Latin communities. SALEF also promotes giving back to the community and annually awards scholarships to students actively giving back to their communities.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Southwest Airlines regularly accept applications for their travel award program. Roundtrip airline tickets will be given to students with socio-economic needs for travel to college.
Provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the UC Tuition Exemption Program.
AB 540 UC Nonresident Tuition Exemption Application: Download an application for UC nonresident tuition exemption and the accompanying affidavit (PDF).
Association of Raza Educators (A.R.E) Scholarship: A.R.E. is determined to provide an education that is equitable to all, regardless of citizenship status. Every year A.R.E gives out 5 scholarships for undocumente/AB 540/DACA eligible students. Deadline: March 15, 2013
Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students: College Board's Resource Guide for Undocumented Students. This guide lists an array of resources and information arranged by State, University, Financial and Admission resources to name a few.
California Dream Act: Also known as AB 130 & AB 131, allow for students that who meet AB 540 criteria to qualify for either state or non-state funded financial aid. For Dream Act Application and information follow Financial Aid link.
FinAid!: This resource explains the financial aid process for undocumented students. It provides useful advice and links to hundreds of scholarships for undocumented students.
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE): A organization that advocates Chicano/Latino educational equity & presents an Annual 'Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship.'
College Is For Everyone (CIFE) Scholarship: Scholarship for Undocumented first-time first-year students.
This PDF guide is from several prominent organizations dedicated to promoting and advancing the education of the Latino community and particularly undocumented students. The guide focuses on USC (University of Southern California) students, but is adaptable to any university. The guide offers detailed information on everything financial aid-related, from pre- to post-education.
2013 Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Calendar; Check out the events happening on and off campus commemorating Chavez legacy
Cesar Chavez Service Club Internship: Earn UCSD units while serving your community.
Mexico Moving Forward
4-part series streams online
5-part series streams online