DACA Students

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 an undocumented or DACA student, you do not qualify for federal financial aid. But, regardless of your immigration status, Chemeketa offers resources and opportunities to help you meet your education goals and expenses.

First, follow these steps to enroll at Chemeketa

Choose whether you’re a new, returning or transfer student. If you would like personal help with the steps to get enrolled, attend a Getting Started workshop at the Salem or Yamhill Valley campuses.

Help paying for college

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
Best time to apply: October 1
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.

Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)
Deadline: February 15, 2017
OSAC provide a more than 500 scholarships for students. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply for OSAC scholarships, all types of scholarships are available.

Oregon Opportunity Grant
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.

Oregon Promise
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).

Chemeketa Scholars
Application deadline: First week of March each year
Graduating high school seniors from Chemeketa’s district with a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or better may qualify for Chemeketa Scholars, a full tuition scholarship for up to two years in any field of study.

Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships
Application deadline: February 1-March 31 each year
New and returning students can apply for Chemeketa scholarships for the next school year. If awarded, you will receive your scholarship in the fall of the following academic year.

Student Leadership Opportunities
Best time to apply: Spring term
Student leadership programs provide financial aid to help students meet their educational expenses, help college staff do important work and provide valuable work experience to students. Student leaders must complete 12 credits or more per term and maintain a 2.75 term GPA, among other requirements.

Ford Family Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Undocumented residents who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply for scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation.

The Dream.US National Scholarship
Deadline: March 8, 2017
Dream.US is a national scholarship that covers students’ tuition and fees for associates or bachelor's degrees.

Chemeketa Resources

Guidance for Employees and Students

Statement of Commitment to Access, Diversity and Equity and Support of our Students

Chemeketa Completion Program (CCP)
CCP is a support system for students that provides assistance with navigating college systems such as financial aid, registration and advising. CCP is open to you if you are completing a Chemeketa degree or certificate, are enrolled full-time and are committed to your education.

Chemeketa DACA and Allies United Club

Have you felt harrassed or discriminated against?

Learn about our resources and support in these Spanish or English language brochures.

Local Resources

National/Other Resources

Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Immigration Workshops

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

May 10 from 1 to 3 pm in Building 2, Multicultural Center at the Salem Campus

College 101 for Immigrant High School Students

May 26 from 5 to 7 pm in Building 2, Student Center at the Salem Campus

Oregon DACA Coalition

June 6 from 1 to 3 pm in Building 2, Student Center at the Salem Campus

Contact Us

For more information, please e-mail Yesica Navarro or call 503.399.5147.