Immigrant Info / Education

The Education Section contains the links to consortiums, educational resources, financial aid and information to aid Santa Clara County immigrants in continuing education. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Bay Area universities scramble to assist DACA students
9/6/17 Bay Area universities began scrambling Tuesday to reassure to thousands of students who suddenly find themselves facing a precarious future, after the Trump administration announced it was winding down the program that shields some undocumented young people brought to the country as children illegally from deportation. At least one university brought undocumented students studying abroad back last week in anticipation of the change, and schools across the region are now ramping up efforts to support them financially and emotionally.
California makes first year of community college free
10/13/17 The first year of community college will be free for thousands of California students under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The signing announced Friday creates the "California College Promise" program. It waives course fees for a student's first year of classes. Students must apply for the fee waiver and take at least 12 credits per semester. Each unit now costs $46. The community college system estimates 19,000 students would be eligible for the fee waiver, which will cost the state about $31 million annually. Roughly 1.6 million of the system's 2.3 million students already receive other financial aid.
Hungry to Learn: Assessing Food and Housing Insecurity in Undergraduates
12/15 A survey of 4000 students in 10 community colleges across the country showed half of the students are struggling with food and/or housing insecurity. Fully 20 percent are hungry and 13 percent are homeless. These numbers are startling and indicate the need for a multi-pronged, comprehensive set of institutional, state, and local policies to alleviate the barriers presented by poverty, so as to improve educational success.
Latinos in Technology (LIT) Scholarship
9/18/17 Funded by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, For Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related field Up to 100 scholarship of up to $30,000 (paid over three years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met). Scholarship recipients will also be provided internship opportunities with LIT Scholarship corporate funders from Silicon Valley. Application Deadline November 18th. Key Words: Education, Financial Aid
1 in 8 children in California schools have an undocumented parent
4/23/17 Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under President George W. Bush and tightened ones under President Barack Obama. But according to school officials, those anxieties have reached new heights since Donald Trump's inauguration, with possible consequences on their ability to focus on school work, the willingness of parents to attend school events, or even to bring their children to school.
CA SB 68 Expands Eligibility for Undocumented In-State Tuition
10/5/17 SB 68 was signed into law, expanding eligibility established under existing law for undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition at California's public postsecondary institutions, to students who have completed 3 or more years of attendance or earned credits equivalent to three or more years of full-time credits at an elementary school, secondary school, adult school and/or CA Community College (CCC). Key Words: Education
California DREAM Act: A Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students
This document provides information on guidelines, eligibility and a list of state financial aid programs. Effective January 1, 2012, CA state law AB 130 gives colleges and universities the discretion to award institutional scholarships to qualifying undocumented Effective January 1, 2013, AB 131 allows qualifying undocumented students to receive state-based financial aid such as Cal Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers. Updated April, 2015. Key Words: Post-secondary education, AB 540 , Dreamer, Scholarship
California Undocumented Students & Families: The Facts
Undocumented students between the ages of 6-18 not only have a right to attend school in California and school districts are not required to collect information regarding a student's immigration or legal status, ACSA (Assoc of CA School Administrators) and Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, leaders in education law, have created a fact sheet providing answers to key legal questions pertaining to undocumented students that may come up in light of potential changes at the federal level. | Spanish English |
Coursera for Refugees
Coursera is an international on-line learning platform that offers free on-line classes from 140+ top universities and educational organizations. Non-profit organizations that work with refugees can apply to receive group financial aid packages, which include: 1) Free access to Coursera courses. 2) A recommended course list specifically for refugees. 3) Administrative features & support to best use Coursera. 4) A custom portal to connect with other nonprofits serving refugees.
DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP)
The DEEP program is run by United We Dream, a national advocacy organization that represents immigrant youth in 26 states. Its tuition equity map can help immigrant students quickly learn about their tuition rights on a state-by-state basis. DEEP also provides educators and parents with extensive guides about financial aid and tuition management. Key Words: Latino, Advocacy, Education, Dreamers, Scholarships, Financial Aid
How to Support Undocumented College Bound Students - Parent Guide
This Guide from E4FC (Educators for Fair Consideration) offers advice to parents on educational possibilities, costs, advantages, Spanish
Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students
9/28/17 The Trump administration's crackdown on immigrants is having a chilling effect in California's classrooms, with schools reporting increased absenteeism and students having difficulty concentrating, even crying in class, teachers and administrators said. "We may see it all as rhetoric and posturing, but I've witnessed kids from elementary school to college level stressed out and traumatized," said Alejandra Acuna, an assistant professor at Cal State Northridge who studies trauma among urban youth. "We've got 8-year-olds worried their parents will have to go back to Mexico. I saw one student literally crying in the elevator. If you're undocumented, it's not just rhetoric - it's about survival."
The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status. Key Words: Directory, Financial Aid, Education, Latino, Hispanic Multi-language: Spanish
Mountain View Working Scholars
3/28/17 Mountain View Working Scholars is providing anyone who lives or works in Mountain View a special opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree for no cost and in a flexible online learning format that fits into the busy life of a working adult. Key Words: Scholarship,, Education, Financial Aid
Partnerships Between Community Colleges And Immigrant-Serving Organizations
October, 2016 research by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI). In 2015, Immigrants comprised 16.7 percent of the total labor force, Yet many immigrants lack the education and English language skills needed to succeed in today's economy. About 30 percent lack a high school diploma or equivalent, and about half of the country's immigrant population is considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). Given these numbers, it would seem that improving immigrants' access to education, skillbuilding opportunities, and employment options would be a national priority. However, this is not the case,
SJCC Dreamer's Resource Booklet For Transferring to a University of California (UC) or a California
This 2017 booklet was designed to help AB540/DACA students find the appropriate contact information for the universities they are applying to. In this booklet you will find information regarding: · DREAM Centers (not all campuses have one) · Financial Aid Resources · Student run organizations that provide support for AB540/DACA students · Contact information for administration that are equipped to assist students questions · Scholarship website links
San Jose launches scholarships to offer free college to low-income students
3/9/17 Mayor Sam Liccardo and community college leaders unveiled the San Jose Promise program, which will cover two years of community college costs: tuition, fees, books, materials and transportation for up to 800 students. Evergreen and West Valley will launch new scholarships expected to help 500 students, while West Valley will expand an existing grant program that provides free tuition to graduating high school students. Key Words: Education, Financial Aid
Sanctuary Campus Map
National map of campuses that have petitioned for protecting vulnerable populations or where university administration has provided some commitment. Key Words: Post-Election, Positive
Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Students
An excellent site from, with information to encourage and assist minority students to seek and apply for scholarships. It has many useful links (such as a list of scholarships by minority- African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, gay/bisexual/transgender, woman). Key Words: Education, Financial Aid, LGBT
South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE).
The SBCAE is a consortium of 4 Adult Education and 4 Community Colleges in the South of Santa Clara County. Focusing on the needs of adult education students, the consortium seeks other community partnerships and connections to explore expansion and innovation in adult education services in the region. Working with transparency and inclusion with all stakeholders, SBCAE is committed to ideas, decisions and practices that anticipate the future needs for adult learners in the region.
Students perform better at schools offering extra services on campus
6/7/17 Schools that offer dental care, mental health counseling, food assistance and other services have a significant and measurable positive impact on student achievement, according to research released this week by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center. Schools that collaborate with nonprofits and government agencies to provide extra on-campus services in many cases showed increases in attendance, graduation rates and academic achievement, especially in math and reading.
UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students
11/30/16 The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion. Key Words: Post-Election, Positive
Understanding the School Sanctuary and Safe Zone Movement - a Guide for Educators
This Guide from E4FC (Educators for Fair Consideration) outlines the purpose and need for school safe zones, some of the legal considerations, and tools and resources to get started.
Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the US
12/16 Migration Policy Report - Nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the US. 1 out of every 4 are relegated to low-skilled jobs or unable to find work. This skill underutilization (often referred to as brain waste) comes at a significant cost to families and the U.S. economy: College-educated immigrants employed in low-skilled work miss out on more than $39 billion in wages. And as a result, federal, state, and local governments lose out on more than $10 billion in unrealized tax receipts, according to this study, which offers the first-ever estimates of the economic costs of brain waste.
Wildfire victims get more time, financial help to apply to California public universities
10-30-17 California's two public university systems are giving students affected by the recent wildfires an extra two weeks to submit their admissions applications and waiving some application fees for them. Both the 23-campus Cal State system and the 10-campus University of California systems announced Monday that students who lost their homes or experienced other hardships and disruptions because of those natural disasters can seek an extension for the applications. If that extension is granted, students will have a Dec. 15 deadline instead of the usual Nov. 30.
Workforce Institute
For more than 25 years, the Workforce Institute has promoted Santa Clara County's economic vitality by providing customized workforce solutions that enable individuals to enhance employability and organizations to achieve business goals. In partnership with Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College, the Workforce Institute is a primary learning and development resource for individuals, public agencies, and business partners to develop workforce skills. Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
APIASF provides scholarships to underserved AAPI students with a special focus on those who: Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; are the first in their families to attend college; are representative of the AAPI community's diversity, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership. Key Words: Post-Secondary Education, Financial Aid
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. Recipients must have lived for at least 2 years in one of these Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo. Recipients must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute twice and volunteering 10 hours for CLF after being selected. Key Words: University, College, Higher Education, Financial Aid
College Guide for Undocumented Students
A well-researched, extensive resource on the options and restrictions undocumented students face. The goal of the guide is to educate those with an undocumented status; it's also intended to inform teachers, family members or friends of undocumented students about the struggles these students face and the support they so badly need. Key Word: Education
Financial Aid for Minority Students
A collection of grants and scholarships for minority students including: Women, Latinos / Hispanics, Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, African Americans and International Students. Key Words: Education, scholarships
North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium (NSCCSTC)
NSCCSTC is a partnership effort between the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA), Palo Alto Unified School District-Adult School (PAUSD), Fremont Union High School District Adult School (FUHSD) and the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District Adult School (MVLA). Our collective mission is to coordinate and integrate programs, create linkages, and develop regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults in the region. District service area: the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and portions of San Jose.
Opportunity Fund
Matching grants to save for college, vocational school, or emergencies. Also financial counseling, resources to help with credit, budgeting, loans, and more. Serving Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
PD Soros Fellowships for New Americans
To apply for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans programs, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is pursuing a graduate degree full-time in the US. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship at the same time that they are applying for graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school. Key Words: Scholarship, University, College, grant, financial aid, immigrant, Education, immigrants
Rahime Foundation
Rahima Foundation is a SF Bay Area currently providing services that include: Monthly Food Distribution (basic non-perishable foods), scholarships to qualifying graduating high school students, and tuition assistance to selected students, Referrals for family counseling & employment, Human Dignity Day (For Homeless), and Used cars to those in need based upon availability. Key Words: Muslim, charity, education
Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students has identified some of the unique challenges faced by Latinos who are increasingly heading for higher education. Information on scholarships and how to fill in application forms for aid. Financial Aid and state tuitions for Undocumented Students, links to directories of scholarships, and a list of scholarships specifically for Hispanic students. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Education
Toolkit for ESL Professionals Supporting Highly Skilled Immigrants
High-skilled immigrants need assistance in transferring their skills to the U.S. labor market. In particular, they call for integrated, contextualized language and job training programs that help immigrants navigate the local job markets. In subsequent chapters of this manual, we will introduce you to ESL curricula, model programs and best practices that do that. Key Words: Education, Professional
Act on a Dream - Database of Scholarships Available to Immigrants (including Undocumented)
Harvard College Act on a Dream is a student-led, student-run organization at Harvard College dedicated to eradicating the barriers that immigrant students face in realizing their full potential. This database lists scholarships available to immigrants, including undocumented students. Key Words: Post-Secondary Education, Financial Aid
Basic education in Spanish offered to adults at Campbell schools
5/5/17 When some native Spanish-speaking parents of Rosemary Elementary School found themselves struggling to help their children with homework or read translated public documents, they asked school administrators for help. In response, the Campbell elementary and high school districts spent roughly a year working to bring a program created by the Mexican government and various organizations that offers a chance for Spanish-speaking adults in the community to forge ahead in their educational careers in the realms of literature, math and science. Both school districts are enrolling adults in Plazas Comunitarias, a free program where they can earn primary and secondary certificates of completion that are equivalent to middle and high school educations." is your online gateway to the California Community Colleges. Each year at our 113 colleges, 2.1 million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning. Choose a college, connect to application process, explore financial aid. Key Words: Education, scholarship
DREAMer's Roadmap - Scholarship Map
Dreamers Roadmap is a national non profit app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college. For years undocumented students have struggled more than permanent residents or citizen students in everyday situations. But when senior year of high school comes around it becomes one of the hardest years for an undocumented student. This is the year when most students find out that they don't qualify for FAFSA and the majority of scholarships. First because they don't have a social security number and second because they are not "legal" permanent residents or citizens of the US. Many students by this point are discouraged and don't believe that going to college is a possibility. Our tool will equip DREAMers to realize their full potential. Key Words: Financial Aid
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF has distributed over $470 million in scholarships, granting 5,100 awards each year. The scholarship application period begins on January 1 every year. The awards, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, are granted in collaboration with several other organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola and AT&T. Key Words: Latino, Spanish
ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. NAME's membership encompasses the spectrum of professional educators and specialists. Persons affiliated with teacher education, ethnic studies, ESL and bilingual education, social science, anthropology, liberal and fine arts programs, and other departments, colleges, and schools with an emphasis on multiculturalism are also encouraged to become members. Key Words: Instructor Resource
Occupational Training Institute (OTI)
The mission of the OTI Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is to prepare socio-economically disadvantaged students with high-quality employment services including counseling and advisement, career education, job placement and retention services while concurrently providing employers with qualified employees. Multi-language: Spanish , Vietnamese
Open Education Consortium
We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on collective development and use of open educational materials. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today's collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner's needs. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the US and operating worldwide.
Opportunity Youth Academy (OYA)
The Opportunity Youth Academy offers Santa Clara County students a blended program of teacher-directed instruction and online credit accrual and recovery options. The individualized support of teachers, counselors, navigators, liaisons and access to the services of SCCOE partners from community-based organizations is the hallmark of this unique program. The focus is ensuring that students leave the program with a high school diploma, and a path to college or career. The classes satisfy admission requirements for CA public universities and military service. Offices in: Milpitas, Gilroy, and San Jose
Partners in Reading
Free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the 9th grade level (any immigration status). and speak / understand conversational English. Tutoring is provided at the MLK Library or another public site in San Jose. Free Beginning and Intermediate ESL classes are offered. Key Words: Family Literacy, Computer Literacy, Immigrant Integration, Education. Language: Spanish Area Served: San Jose, CA
San Jose City College Named one of the Nation's Top 25 Colleges for Latinos
May 14, 2015 SAN JOSE, Calif.,  Latino Magazine, a national publication based in Austin, Texas, has named San José City College (SJCC) one of the country's top 25 colleges for Latinos. The publication cited SJCC as a "world-class institution" located in the heart of Silicon Valley, known around the world as the center for innovation in technology and research. SJCC, the only community college, in California, represented on the list, was accompanied by other reputable institutions such as Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Key Words: Post Secondary Education
California lawmaker seeks expansion of in-state tuition for immigrants in the U.S. illegally
1/5/17 In another challenge to the immigration crackdown proposed by President-elect Donald Trump, a California lawmaker proposed Thursday to greatly expand the number of students in the country illegally who can get discounted, in-state resident tuition at state universities. Key Words: Adult Education, Community College, Undocumented