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We Stand With Our Undocumented Students

(last updated 6/10/2020 - We will regularly update this page with more information. Please make sure to check OCC's official COVID-19 Student Resource and FAQ page for campus wide updates and resources.)


It is our goal to keep our students, staff and the community as safe as possible while providing continued service during this critical time by limiting exposure to the COVID-19 virus. You may reach the Undocumented Student Program via email. Follow us on instagram @occundocuscholars for social media updates. 


You may also speak with Mextli Lopez, our UndocuScholars Professional Expert via Video Chat. Click on the image below to see if Mextli is online! We will available in-person once campus re-opens.

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COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Students


T
o read the most recent edition of the UndocuScholars E-Newsletter, click here.


Medical, Health Access, and Guidance 

  • For a list of sliding scale medical care providers in Orange County click here.

  • USCIS has confirmed that the Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. USCIS Alert

  • Some undocumented individuals are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal. Currently, Medi-Cal covers testing at no cost.


Unemployment Benefits for DACA Recipients

  • The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is encouraging individuals with DACA and other employment authorizations who are affected by coronavirus layoffs to apply for unemployment benefits. Workers don't have to be sick to qualify. Individuals who were laid off or had hours reduced due to coronavirus restrictions can also apply.

  • Applying for unemployment benefits? Check out this step-by-Step application assistance created by the Jewish Family & Children-East Bay in English or Spanish

DACA Renewal Resources


Tenant Rights and Resources During the COVID19 Pandemic

  • Various cities in California and other states have issued rent moratoriums for a limited time to prevent residents from being evicted due to a loss of income related to a business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In Southern California: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Westminster, Placentia, Buena Park, Mission Viejo, Los Angeles, Riverside County, San Diego

  • Use letter templates from local housing justice groups or from your city government website to reach out to your landlord to request rent suspension and/or temporary rent reduction due to COVID-19

  • State Wide the Judicial Council passed an emergency rule of court, ordering all state courts not to proceed with evictions during COVID-19 crisis.
  • If your landlord has served you with an eviction notice or they are threatening to evict you please call the Public Law Center to seek a free legal consultation: (714) 541-1010; 303
  • Rental Assistance Fund for Santa Ana Residents

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​Orange Coast College welcomes and supports students from ALL walks of life, regardless of immigration status. In accordance with California law AB 540 and the California Dream Act, undocumented students at OCC will be afforded the same rights and resources as their peers, including access to resident tuition fees and financial aid. 

Undocu-Scholars, Welcome to OCC!

OCC Welcomes and Supports Students From All Walks of Life, Regardless of Immigration Status.

Quick Steps to Success:


Step 1: Apply to Orange Coast College

Complete an application for admissions!


Step 2: Submit an AB 540 / AB 2000 Exemption Form

Complete the form and submit to Admissions and Records on the first floor of Watson Hall or Email to occresidency@occ.cccd.edu in PDF format.


Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for the CA Dream Act Application at www.caldreamact.org.

Check your status on MyCoast.


They can assist you with educational planning and goal setting.

For an appointment call (714) 432-5078.


Step 5 – Register for Classes on MyCoast

Register for classes online via your MyCoast student portal.



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