The Dreamers Support Services Office provides programs and services to help empower undocumented and immigrant students to achieve their academic & personal pursuits and become active members of our community. We serve as a resource for individuals without legal immigration status, with pending immigration status, and with legal status from immigrant families and/or mixed-status households on topics like access to higher education, advocacy and educational materials, campus-based and community services, current events, engagement activities, legal aid referrals, legislative updates, and more.
Immigration is complex, and it is not always clear who is included when referring to individuals who are undocumented, an immigrant, or from a mixed-status family/household. Below is a list of statuses; if you now or have ever identified with one of these situations, then there is a place for you in the Miramar College Dreamers Support Program.
You are a Dreamer Student if you...
- are undocumented e.g., out-of-status, pending status, or never had any lawful immigration status, or
- are a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR; you have a Green Card), or
- have been granted Refugee or Asylee status, or
- have Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification, or
- have DACA, TPS, or VAWA protection, or
- hold a T Visa, U Visa, or any other expired visa, or
- are a bi-national resident (regularly moves between the U.S. and Mexico for school, work, or to care for a family member), or
- are a non-CA resident student with AB 540 status (includes U.S. citizens and non-citizens)
- any of the above applies to you, including being a U.S. citizen, and one or more person you live with or who is in your immediate family has a different immigration status from you (mixed-status household).
The Dreamers Support Office operates as an open-access student support program where anyone can seek the assistance that they need. You do not need to apply; we serve all students who contact our office. However, we do encourage undocumented and immigrant students to create a Dreamer Profile.
We offer support to undocumented and immigrant students in several areas.
1-on-1 Support: Individualized support sessions for students, college employees, and community members. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with our staff to discuss how we can assist you.
CA Dream Act (Financial Aid): Discover which financial aid resources are available to you based on your immigration status and learn about programs like the Dreamers Service Incentive Grant.
Career & Entrepreneurship: Explore employment resources and income generating opportunities available to the undocumented and immigrant communities including how to get your Undocu-Hustle on as an entrepreneur—no work authorization required!
Events & Workshops: Student engagement activities like our popular Undocu-Circles and Coffee & Crafts sessions that are open to all students and program workshops that are tailored to undocumented and immigrant students like Dream Act 101, Undocu-Hustle, Know Your Rights, and Undocu-Scholarships.
Health & Wellness: Undocumented and immigrant students face unique wellness pressures. We're here to create an affirming space for you and refer you to appropriate services when needed. For Miramar College Health Services and Mental Health Counseling call (619) 388-7881. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Scholarships: Learn about scholarship opportunities available to you regardless of your immigration status and find different ways to pay for college.
Undocu-Transfer: For students on a transfer pathway, we have developed a list of Undocu-Friendly Universities, which have robust undocumented and immigrant student resources to ensure your success post-transfer.
Undocu-Ally Training: Professional development opportunities for employees and resources to help educators become strong allies to the undocumented and immigrant communities.
Dreamers Program Director
Vincent Ngo, Director of Financial Aid
Dreamers Program Assistant & Analyst
Edward J. Borek III
Emily and Erika
Each of the San Diego Community College campus Dreamer Support Programs have a profound impact on our students. Listen to students like you talk about their experiences with undocumented and immigrant student services in the video below.