Pasadena City College, Home of the PCC Lancers

Career Center

Undocumented Students

Social Services / Low-Income Residents

West LA Family Source Center -The familysource system provides a comprehensive array of social services to low-income city residents through centers located in the most impoverished areas of the city.

The Latino Legal voice for Civil Rights in America (MALDEF) - Non-profit law firm for Latino community – provides a range of resources. Also, has a scholarship fund for Dream Act students (as well as Law students).

American Humane Association - Non-profit that works to protect children and animals. Includes information / resources to help undocumented children  - and their parents.

Metro I-Tap - This is PCC’s Associated Student’s webpage, with information regarding the Metro I-TAP. The Metro I-TAP program is a bus pass program operated in conjunction with LA Metro and Foothill Transit. Purchase of an I-TAP card gives you a semester’s worth of unlimited travel on all LA Metro services and is $30 for a semester. The page also contains link to Metro’s webpage.

Educational Resources

AB540 Undocumented Student Resource Guide (CFC Edition) - AB540 Resource Guide – is a “work in progress” and is a collaboration between the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at the University of Southern California and the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), and Malou Chavez.

USC College and Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students - USC’s comprehensive Financial Aid Guide for AB540 students. Discusses a wide range of topics: current law, federal / state legislation, options after graduation, and immigration information

MALDEF scholarship list - Extensive list of scholarships, which may not inquire about immigration status (some actively encourage undocumented students to apply)

U.S. Department of Education-

SALEF – Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund- SALEF’s mission is to promote the civic participation / representation of the Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S., promote and advocate for the economic development and democracy in El Salvador. SALEF offers scholarships, ranging from $1000 - $5000.

Pasadena City College – Associated Students AB540 Undocumented Student Handbook -Link to the PCC Associated Students AB540 Undocumented Student Handbook page. Web page contains link to the actually handbook (in PDF form).

PCC Dreamkeepers - Dreamkeepers is a project of Scholarship America, and is meant to help out in times of unforeseen financial emergencies, which can happen at any time. Dreamkeepers will cover certain eligible expenses, such as utilities, rent, etc….

Educators for Fair Consideration - Educators for Fair Consideration provides support to young people in their pursuit of career, education, and citizenship. Provides an array of supportive programs and services, including scholarships.

Support Networks

Pre-health Dreamers (PHD)- Network for undocumented immigrant youth pursuing careers in health and sciences.

Dream Bar Association - A non-profit legal organization that extends membership to undocumented pre-law students, current law students, practitioners, and paralegals.

Graduates Reaching A Dream Deferred (GRADD)- An organization that came about organically from the friendship of a pioneering group of undocumented graduate students in need of guidance through the graduate application process.

Advocacy / Legal

National Immigration Law Center -The National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.

The Center for Community Change- The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.

California legislative Information-

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

The California Immigrant Policy Center- The California Immigrant Policy Center advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center - The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI).

The California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative - Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, APALC focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. 

California DREAM Act - Providing up-to-date information and resources on the anticipated 2013 Dream Act & Immigration Reform Bills to bring legalization to millions of immigrant children and adults across America.

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services - DHS has made all necessary forms and instructions available at the above link. While the basic DACA requirements appear straightforward, for many, determining whether they actually qualify can be far more complex. If a request is denied, the decision cannot be appealed. It is strongly recommended that an attorney be consulted before submitting a deferred action application.

DACA workshops and informational sessions - Use the above link to find – and attend – DACA workshops and informational sessions.

The Coalition for Human Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles - CHIRLA was formed to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-race relations and empower immigrants and their allies.

The National Council of La Raza - The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. 

The National Immigration Law Center - The National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.

United We Dream - The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 52 affiliate organizations in 25 States.