Paying for College

AB 540/2000 and SB 68 allows undocumented students to apply for and receive state financial aid, or the CA Dream Act.

             CA Dream Act

The CA Dream Act extends eligibility for certain types of state financial aid to undocumented students who qualify for a non-resident tuition exemption under AB 540/2000 and SB 68. As an undocumented student, you may be eligible for state aid as well as private scholarships. (Undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid, including federal loans, grants, and work-study). More information is available on SJSU’s Financial Aid website and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Undocumented students may also be eligible for the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) and more.


Selective Service

Selective Service All male students, regardless of immigration status, MUST register with the Selective Service to remain eligible for financial aid (when registering).


CA Dream Loan

There is limited funding available to undocumented undergraduate students; therefore, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available on SJSU’s Financial Aid website.


Installment Payment Plans

SJSU offers payment plans to assist students in making their payments over a period of time. The university now offers two payment plans, one for tuition and campus fees* and non-resident fees, and one for housing only. More information is available on the Bursar's Office website.



In addition to financial aid, scholarships that do not require a social security number, DACA, U.S. residency, or citizenship are available to undocumented students. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Dreamer's Roadmap AppDREAMer’s Roadmap

Dreamer's Roadmap believes that all students regardless of legal status should have the same opportunity to pursue the “American Dream” and become the first in their families to be college graduates. 

DACA ScholarsDACA Scholars

DACA Scholars is a free mobile app that features scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.


Immigrants RisingImmigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising (formerly known as E4FC)  empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. 


Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

The Dream.USThe Dream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers.


 Dr. Ernesto Galarza

Dr. Ernesto Galarza Scholarship

Sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA) of San José State University, the annual scholarship was established to honor Dr. Galarza's commitment to the Chicano/Latino community.


SAHE ScholarshipStudent Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) Scholarship

Since 2007, SAHE has been able to award more than $20,000 in scholarships to help students committed to serving their communities attain the resources they need to continue with their studies. 

SJSUSpartan scholarships

Scholarships are generally based on scholastic achievement and financial need.

My Undocumented LifeMy Undocumented Life

My Undocumented Life blog provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. They post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in the nation. They offer scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.  


Fellowships/internships for DACA recipients

To stay informed about upcoming fellowships/internships for DACA recipients, we invite you to sign up for the UndocuSpartan Newsletter here.

We highly encourage you to visit the Career Center's website as well as to ask your professors and advisors on how to find more work opportunities.




With a free GoFundMe, you can get immediate help with college tuition.



YouCaring makes raising money for college tuition fast, easy—and free. Students on their fundraising platform get the tools they need to offset the rising costs of getting a quality education, absolutely free.



One of the free services the center provides for you is budgeting. First, we consider your expenses (like housing, entertainment, food, and transportation) and funds by helping you read your financial aid award package. Then, we calculate your financial gap for the academic year per semester and, if applicable, advise you on how to reduce some of your expenses to save money.

Contact us at (408) 924-2762 or to request an appointment for budgeting and you can choose to have a phone, Zoom Web, or an in-person meeting with us.

For more information regarding your case, contact Ana Navarrete, Program Coordinator of the UndocuSpartan Resource Center, at (408) 924-3677 or