Resources for Undocumented and DACA students
Lane’s Commitment to a safe learning environment
“The [Lane Community College] Board is committed to ensuring access to higher education for a diverse student population by providing a welcoming, safe environment…”
Board of Education Policy BP650, Protection of Immigrant Students
Lane Community College Supports All Students Regardless of Immigration Status
Lane Community College welcomes all students regardless of their citizenship status. We respect the contributions undocumented immigrant students make to our community and are committed to education equity for all. If you are undocumented or have DACA or a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you do not qualify for federal financial aid. However, the resources and opportunities listed below are available from Lane and the State of Oregon to help you meet your education goals and expenses.
What is DACA?
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a status given to certain students who entered the United States from another country before their 16th birthday (and before 2007), have been continually residing and attending school in the U.S. and have graduated high school or attained their GED. If you are undocumented or have DACA or a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you do not qualify for federal financial aid.
Resources for DACA and Dream Act updates
- National Immigration Law Center
- National Immigration Law Center: Frequently Asked Questions about DACA
- My Undocumented Life
- DACA Updates provided by LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs
- Oregon Department of Education DACAmented/Undocumented Toolkit
Previous DACA Statements
- Joint Statement from Oregon Higher Education Leaders – September 6, 2017
- Lane Community College urges Trump Administration to maintain DACA – August 31, 2017
- LCC Board Policy 650: Protection of Immigrant Students – Passed June 7, 2017
- LCC Board Resolution 612: Resolution on the Protection, Safety, and Sanctuary of all Students.
Students with questions regarding colleges services for undocumented and DACA students are encouraged to contact:
Community members, media, elected officials and others are encouraged to contact:
Help Paying for College
The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is Oregon’s alternative to the federal aid application (FAFSA) for DACA and other undocumented students. By completing your ORSAA, you may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant and certain OSAC scholarships.
Best time to apply: October 1
By completing your ORSAA, you will be considered for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college.
If you are a high school or GED student graduating in spring, you may be eligible for the Oregon Promise. Complete the Oregon Promise application prior to the deadline and the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).
New and returning students can apply for scholarships through the Lane Community College Foundation.
The Ford Family Foundation has scholarships available for qualifying undocumented students in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Eligibility requirements are available on their website.
A gift from the Oregon Community Foundation has established a fund for DACA / Dreamer students who have a current financial need due to COVID-19. Money is to be used to meet expenses students need to stay in school. Examples are rent, textbooks, or utilities like internet, electricity, etc. The deadline to apply is June 4, 2020.
Community & State Resources
A rapid response network for incidents of hate and bias
Assistance with basic needs. Services include food, clothing, health insurance enrollment, and limited assistance provided for medications, bus passes, and state identifications.
Phone: (541) 345-3628 Location: 1025 G Street; Springfield, OR 97477
Causa works to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families in Oregon through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement.
Provides health care, medical assistance, counseling programs, job assistance, and utility assistance. Opportunities for UO students to volunteer or intern.
Phone: (541) 687-2667 Location: 944 W 5th Ave; Eugene, OR 97402
A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for immigrants and building respect and understanding across cultures by providing educational programs which include English classes, U.S. Citizenship and Civics, Bilingual Computer, Oregon Driver License Exam Prep course, and Literacy and Adult Basic Education.
Free Legal Information for Low-Income Oregonians.
Volunteers in Medicine is a primary care medical clinic for low-income, underserved adults and their households in Lane County who can’t afford health care coverage.
Phone: (541) 685-1800 Location: 32260 Marcola Road; Springfield
Provides a range of low-cost services, including a medical clinic, dental clinic, chrysalis behavioral health outpatient services, info line, crisis service center, cahoots, homeless case management, and counseling.
Phone: 541-342-8255 Location: 341 East 12th Avenue; Eugene
Local nonprofit that serves victims and survivors of domestic violence in intimate partner relationships.