A Message From Student Affairs Leadership About DACA

Dear UC Davis student,

As we face the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), we write to assure you that UC Davis Student Affairs remains committed to access and degree attainment for ALL students. We affirm the strong statements against reversing DACA issued by UC Davis Chancellor May, University of California President Napolitano and the UC Regents.

We are watching this issue closely as we advocate for our students and our communities, and we will provide updates as we learn more. In the meantime, please review this guidance from the UC Immigrant Legal Service Center (PDF) as well as the important details below:

  • Financial Aid
    There are NO CHANGES to California’s AB 540 (in-state tuition exemption waiver) or the California Dream Act Application (for state and institutional aid). Students who receive financial aid through the California Dream Act should still apply for financial aid, and we will continue to allocate funding. However, changes to DACA might impact institutional Work-Study eligibility.
  • Work Authorization and DACA Renewal
    Your work authorization does not expire until your individual DACA status expires. DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. To learn more, visit the National Immigration Law Center website.
  • Advance Parole
    You can no longer apply for Advance Parole to travel outside the country. If you have a pending Advance Parole associated with DACA, it will be closed and your fee refunded. If you are out of the country with DACA-based Advance Parole, we encourage you to work with an attorney and return to the United States as soon as practicable.

While the uncertainty related to DACA can be unsettling, please know that Student Affairs offers a number of resources to help you balance your personal needs and focus on successfully completing your educational goals.

Undocumented Student Services

The UC Davis AB540 and Undocumented Student Center remains available to meet with you, answer your questions and provide overall support, including financial awards and grants.

Mental Wellness and Self Care

If you would like to speak with a counselor, please contact our AB540 specialists, Gabriel or Bethany, directly to schedule an appointment.

Gabriel Zamudio, M.S.

Bethany Wellman, Psy.D.

Legal Resources

The UC Legal Services Center is housed in the UC Davis School of Law and serves undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system, as well as their families. UC Davis students can schedule individual appointments by emailing ucimm@law.ucdavis.edu

Additional UC Davis Community Support

UC Davis and University of California are committed to advancing solutions that address the challenges faced by undocumented students and their families. Many of the services that support our undocumented students were provided long before DACA existed and will persist. We call on everyone in our community to continuously innovate and advocate for the brightest future for all students.

In solidarity,

Adela de la Torre
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Emily Prieto-Tseregounis
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Andrea Gaytan
Director, AB540 and Undocumented Student Center

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