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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Campus Announcements

Students Urged to Complete the California Dream Act Application Before the March 2 Cal Grant Deadline

February 16, 2018

Released on February 15, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is urging eligible students to complete the Dream Act application by the March 2 Cal Grant deadline in order to receive the most financial aid possible. This year's applications are down 20,000 from last year amidst ongoing uncertainty around immigration reform at the federal level.

The California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students to apply for the same state-based financial aid opportunities available to others.

Dreamers can get information on the California Dream Act, student criteria and available aid by visiting

To complete the California Dream Act application, visit

To read the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s full release, go to:

Thank you,
Irvine Valley College

Statement on Rescission of DACA

September 7, 2017

Upon learning of the Trump administration’s decision to phase out and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the South Orange County Community College District reaffirms its commitment to upholding the constitutional rights of everyone in the United States, regardless of their citizenship or visa status.

We are steadfast in our commitment to our students’ rights and are dedicated to ensuring that all students have full access to our colleges and are protected from actions that would disrupt their education. Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College provide a safe learning environment for a diverse population of students, including immigrants who are pursuing a better life for themselves and their families. We will continue to be in full compliance of the District’s policies and procedures and will follow federal and state laws and regulations.

Our district is working closely with the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office to advocate with Congress on a permanent resolution to help students who are impacted by the president’s decision. If you are interested in lending your support for this effort, please click here to contact your representatives.

To access resources for undocumented students, please visit the State Chancellor’s Office website at:

Thank you to our dedicated students, faculty, staff, and administrators for your support of all of our students.

/s/ Timothy Jemal
Board President

/s/ Debra L. Fitzsimons, EdD
Interim Chancellor

/s/ Denise Whitaker
Interim President, Saddleback College

/s/ Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD
President, Irvine Valley College

MAF Scholarship for DACA Renewal

September 13, 2017

On September 5, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) is ending. DACA has provided safety and security to 800,000 young Dreamers, who now face uncertain futures in the U.S., the country they call home.

MAF (, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a long history of supporting Dreamers, has announced a $1M DACA Renewal Fund to provide 2,000 Dreamers with $495 scholarships to safely renew their status by the October 5 deadline.

Please share this opportunity widely with your networks. We don’t want cost to keep any Dreamer from renewing their DACA status.

Dreamers can apply for scholarship at and receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 48 hours. Contact with any questions.

DACA Renewal Fee Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

September 27, 2017

The deadline to apply for a Mission Asset Fund (MAF) scholarship for young immigrants is approaching. Dreamers must apply for the scholarship by Friday, September 29. This scholarship will cover the costs of the $495 DACA renewal fee.

DACA recipients with expiring permits are encouraged to visit and apply immediately. DACA recipients with a permit expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to receive the scholarships. All scholarship applications are being reviewed the same day and checks are mailed out by express mail the next business day. MAF is accepting scholarship applications through Friday, September 29.

MAF has announced it has now tripled in size to reach $3,000,000—enough to help 6,000 Dreamers renew their DACA permits for two more years. To date, 4,000 scholarships have already been issued, with 2,000 scholarships still availablemaking this DACA renewal fund the largest of its kind in the nation. It is also important to note, close to 900 of the applications received so far are from California community college students.

At Irvine Valley College, if you have DACA questions, the following counselors are available to assist you; please call 949-451-5319:

Robert Melendez
Chair, School of Guidance and Counseling

Angel Hernandez*

Yolanda Gouldsmith*

Mark Franco*

John Licitra*

*Se Habla Espanol.

Reminder: DACA Renewal Scholarship Deadline Tomorrow - 9/29

September 28, 2017

Tomorrow, Friday, September 29, is the last day that you can apply for the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) scholarship that will cover the cost of the $495 DACA renewal fee.

DACA recipients with expiring permits are encouraged to visit and apply immediately. DACA recipients with a permit expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to receive the scholarships. All scholarship applications are being reviewed the same day and checks are mailed out by express mail the next business day.

DACA renewal requests must be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the proper agency location no later than October 5. For the mailing address and instructions, visit:

IVC DACA Resources

September 29, 2017

Irvine Valley College is committed to supporting AB 540, DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) and undocumented students by ensuring that all students have both full access to our college services and are informed of off-campus resources as well. 

In terms of on-campus services, please know that the Counseling Center, Career and Transfer Center, EOPS, and DSPS are safe environments for discussions and resources. If you would like to talk to anyone about the recent changes  to DACA, please contact any of the counseling support centers listed above. 

Many questions remain unanswered regarding the rescission of DACA. That said, programs and resources offered by the State of California for community college, University of California and California State University students will still be available regardless of the outcome of DACA. These resources and services include:

  1. Allowing AB 540 eligible students to pay in-state tuition (AB 540).
  2. Maintaining eligibility for institutional and state financial aid awards, including loans through the DREAM loan program and Cal Grants (CA Dream Act Application).
  3. Supporting AB 540, DACA, and undocumented students within IVC’s counseling centers.

Moreover, the state of California provides up-to-date information on DACA legislation and the DACA renewal process through the Governor's California Immigrant Guide

Additional contact information and resources are available, both at IVC and on the web:

  1. IVC DACA Resources
  2. IVC School of Guidance and Counseling: 949-451-5319
  3. Transfer Center AB 540 Resources
  4. California Community College Chancellor’s Office Resources for Undocumented Students
  5. University of California Undocumented Student Resources
  6. California State University Undocumented Student Resources
  7. California  Dream Act Website
  8. DACA Renewal Website
  9. DACA Renewal Scholarship Website
  10. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights


June McLaughlin, Esq.
Academic Senate President
Irvine Valley College

Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD
Irvine Valley College