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Chicano-Latino Resource Guide

Financial Support Resources

Take advantage of these resources to make the most of the available opportunities for financial aid and assistance:

  • Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

    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.

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute scholarships and internships

    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

    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.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

    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.

  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation internship

    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."

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarships

    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.

  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center

    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.

  • Latino College Dollars

    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.

  • MANA de San Diego

    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.

  • Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund

    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 Scholarship List

    MALDEF (see above)  provides a list of scholarship opportunities (PDF) with links to and information on each scholarship.

  • National Council of La Raza

    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.

  • Salvadorean American Leadership and Education Fund

    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.

  • Travel award programs

    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.

  • UC Tuition Exemption Questions & Answers

    Provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the UC Tuition Exemption Program.

  • Undocumented students (AB 540)

  • USC's College & Financial Guide for AB 540 Undocumented Immigrant 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.

Questions?

Do you have another suggested financial resource to add to this list? Contact Haydee Cervantes, (858) 822-4059.

News & Events 

Chicano/a Legacy 40 Años; mural outside Peterson Hall.  Link to film trailer of "Chican@ Legacy" by Horacio Jones  

California Dream Act application is now available! For application, requirements and questions follow link.

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

Growing Activism
5-part series streams online