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Office Hours: Mon. - Thu. 8am to 5pm & Fri. 9am to 1pm
Phone: 619-660-4204
Fax: 619-660-4279


RISE Program (Resources for Immigrant Students in Education)

RISE-LOGO-03.jpgThe RISE Program is designed to assist students who are AB540 or who participate in the California Dream Act or the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs. In addition to EOPS and/or CARE services, students are eligible for counseling case management, personalized financial aid assistance, resource referrals, mentoring, life skills workshops, and cohort-building events and orientations.

Information about AB 540, California Dream Act, DACA, DACA Renewal, Expanded DACA and DAPA

What is an AB 540 student?

You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years
  • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college;


  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Please contact the Admissions Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible.

Where do I start?

Follow the steps below to get started on the road to fulfilling your college dreams!

  • Make an appointment to meet with Veronica Corral, RISE Coordinator, to determined your eligibility: (619) 660-4628 or email her at 
  • Apply for financial aid. For more information about the types of financial aid available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act, refer to the California Student Aid Commission
  • Apply to EOPS and Meet with an EOPS Counselor to develop a plan to help you achieve your educational goals

California Dream Act

The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 that allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
  • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships

California Dream Act Application

California Dream Act Resources

DAPA and the Expanded DACA

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DAPA is Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.

Deferred action is a kind of administrative relief from deportation that has been around a long time. Through it, DHS authorizes a non–U.S. citizen to remain in the U.S. temporarily. The person may also apply for an employment authorization document (a work permit) for the period during which he or she has deferred action.

Deferred action is granted on a case-by-case basis. Even if you meet the requirements outlined below, DHS will still have to decide whether to grant you deferred action. Deferred action granted under DAPA and the expanded DACA is valid for three years and can be renewed.

A grant of deferred action is temporary. However, a person granted deferred action is considered by the federal government to be lawfully present in the U.S. for as long as the grant of deferred action status.

The FAQ available at answers questions that are specifically about applying to renew DACA.

Even if you are eligible for DAPA or expanded DACA, you cannot apply for them yet!

There is currently no form or official instructions for submitting a request for DAPA or expanded DACA. The government expects that it will start accepting applications by February 20, 2015, from people who are eligible for expanded DACA, and by May 20, 2015, from people who are eligible for DAPA.

You can subscribe to receive email updates from USCIS when more information is available on their website. And you can visit to get more information from the National Immigration Law Center and subscribe to our emailed updates. (Subscribe to the “Immigration Issues” email list.)

DACA Loan Programs

For the most updated loan programs for DACA, see Grant Makers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Expanding Financial Access for Immigrants: Loans for DREAMers


Dream Center Undocumented Student Resources

United We Dream

National Immigration Law Center

California Dream Act Resources

California Dream Act Form

I Can Afford College

Information about new immigrant relief programs (2014-15)

Ready Now San Diego

RISE Liaisons:

Veronica Corral (619) 660-4615

Dina Marinescu (619) 660-4293

Last Updated: 10/11/2019


EOPS Office
Room A-300
Office Hours: Mon. - Thu. 8am to 5pm & Fri. 9am to 1pm
Phone: 619-660-4204
Fax: 619-660-4279

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