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Title: Counseling Immigrant Students

Counseling Immigrant Students
  • Lourdes Peña-Alanis, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Frank Colón, CSU Dominguez Hills

Immigrant/First Generation Students
  • How can we assess what we do as counselors?
  • Is technology an obstacle, or are students more
    technologically advanced than we acknowledge?  
  • What are some assumptions? 
  • How do our beliefs systems influence our
  • How can we work as partners, the CSU and
    Counselor in assisting these students?

Perceptions and Expectations
  • Poorer academic and social preparation
  • Greater financial constraints
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Insufficient parental support
  • Diminished access to higher education
    opportunities (ESL)
  • Cultural barriers
  • College survival and success

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2003-2004 California graduates with UC/CSU
required courses
of Grads with UC/CSU
courses White 42 39.5 Latino 35 21.7
Asian 10 56.2 African American 7 25.1
Filipino 3 44.8 American
Indian 1 22.3 Pacific Islander
1 27.2 Multiple/No Response 1 26.9 Sourc
e California Department of Education
Fall 2004 California High School total
percentage of students enrolled.
Source California Post secondary Education
Advising Immigrant /First-Generation College
  • Communication One size does not fit all
  • Students need more academic and personal guidance
  • Need to communicate with Parents/Guardians
  • Need to be a resource (testing, financial aid,
  • Create intensive counseling support groups and an
    intensive orientation program aimed directly at
    those college students who receive less parental

Immigrant Students California Assembly Bill
  • What is AB 540?
  • Who is eligible for AB 540?
  • Why is AB 540 important?
  • Where is AB 540 being implemented?
  • What is the new legislation concerning AB 540

What is AB 540?
  • Assembly Bill 540 is a California law that
    allows undocumented students who meet specified
    requirements to pay in-state fees (tuition) for
    Californias public colleges and universities.
  • These include
  • California Community College
  • University of California
  • California State University

Who is eligible for AB 540?
  • An undocumented/immigrant student in California
    who attended a minimum of 3 years of high school
    in California and is planning on attending any
    California public college or university systems.
  • California Community College
  • University of California
  • California State University

AB 540 Requirements
  • Students must also meet the requirements
    established in the bill
  • The student must attend high school in California
    for three or more years.
  • The student must graduate from a California high
    school with a diploma or GED equivalent.
  • The student must file an affidavit with the
    college or university stating the he or she will
    file an application with the Immigration and
    Naturalization Services (INS) to obtain legal
    permanent residency as soon as he or she is

Why is AB 540 important?
  • Before this law, undocumented students in
    California paid out-of-state fees (tuition).
  • This law gives Californias undocumented students
    affordable access to public systems of higher
    education, allowing them to instate California
    tuition and fees.
  • Example CSU Dominguez Hills
  • For 24 units CA Residents undergraduate tuition
    fees 2,800
  • Non-residents pay 399 per unit. 24 units X 399

Important information to Know about AB-540
  • The law requires state colleges and universities
    to keep students information confidential.
    Students immigration status will not be reported
    to the INS
  • Financial Aid is NOT available for undocumented
  • This law does NOT establish state residency.

Most commonly asked questions
  • I am an undocumented student that attended high
    School in Oregon for two years and completed my
    junior and senior year in California. Do I
    qualify to pay in-state tuition under this new
  • What is the cost difference between in-state vs.
    out-of-state tuition?
  • My parents are permanent residents of the state
    and the INS is currently processing my
    application. Do I qualify for in-state tuition
    and financial aid?
  • I am a student with a valid student visa. Am I
    exempt from paying out- of-state tuition under
    this new law?
  • What is the difference between a non-immigrant
    and an immigrant as defined by federal law?

Advocacy Strategies
  • Have a presentation for students and parents at
    your high school or agency that deals with
    immigration status as it relates to higher
  • Have scholarship information available in your
    college/career center for students who are
  • Have the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption
    Request Form available when passing out CSU, CC,
    and UC applications.

Strategies for Success
  • Provide access to support groups, other
    organizations and activities
  • Encourage campus involvement
  • Assess students needs
  • Ensure participation in appropriate program
  • Provide career, personal, and academic counseling
  • Expose students to cultural programs
  • Initiate and explain tutorial services
  • Provide assistance with financial aid, in home
    language if available
  • Encourage mentorship programs (peers, or
  • Provide a welcoming and friendly environment

Questions Answers
  • Lourdes Peña-Alanis
  • (310) 243-3699
  • Frank Colón
  • (310) 243-3020

Thank You
New Legislation
  • Dream Act S.1545 (O. Hatch, R-UT and R. Durbin
  • Student Adjustment Act. HR 1684 (Cannon, R-UT)

New Legislation S 1545 The Dream 2003
  • Restore State Option to Provide In-State Tuition
  • DREAM 2003 would repeal section 505 of the
    Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
    Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), which
    discourages states from providing in-state
    tuition or other higher education benefits
    without regard to immigration status.

New Legislation S 1545 The Dream 2003 cont.
Who Qualifies for Legal Residency Under DREAM
2003, most students of good moral character who
came to the U.S. before they were sixteen years
old and at least five years before the date of
the bill's enactment would qualify for
conditional permanent resident status upon
acceptance to college, graduation from high
school, or being awarded a general equivalency
diploma (GED).
The Dream 2003 (contd)
  • Conditional Permanent Resident Status
  • Qualifying students would be granted conditional
    permanent resident status, awarded for a limited
    period of time-6 years. Students with
    conditional permanent resident status would be
    able to work, drive, go to school, and otherwise
    participate normally in day-to-day activities on
    the same terms as other Americans, except that
    they would not be able to travel abroad for
    lengthy periods. Time spent by young people in
    conditional permanent resident status would count
    towards the residency requirements for
    naturalization to U.S. citizenship.

The Dream 2003 (contd)
  • Requirements to Lift the Condition and Obtain
    Regular Lawful Permanent Resident Status
  • At the end of the conditional period, regular
    lawful permanent resident status would be granted
    if, during the conditional period, the immigrant
    had maintained good moral character, avoided
    lengthy trips abroad, and met at least one of the
    following three criteria
  • 1. Graduated from a 2-year college or a
    vocational college that meets certain criteria,
    or studied for at least 2 years towards a
    bachelor's or a higher degree or
  • 2. Served in the U.S. armed forces for at least
    2 years or
  • 3. Performed at least 910 hours of volunteer
    community service.

New Legislation H.R. 1684 Student Adjustment
  • Immigration Relief for Long-term Resident
    Students SAA will permit students enrolled in
    7th grade or above at the time of enactment who
    have good moral conduct and have lived in the
    U.S. for five years or more the opportunity to
    obtain immigration relief, known as cancellation
    of removal, so that they can go to college and
    eventually become U.S. citizens.
  • Higher Education Benefits for Student Adjustment
    Act Applicants SAA will ensure that students who
    are applying for immigration relief under SAA may
    obtain Pell grants and student loans in the same
    basis as other students while their application
    for adjustment of immigration status is being

Student Adjustment Act (contd)
  • Restoration of State Right to Determine Residency
    for Higher Education Benefits SAA repeals
    Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform
    and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
    (IIRIRA). Repeal of section 505 would restore to
    the state the right to determine their own
    residency regulations.