DACA & Undocumented Students
There are a number of resources to help undocumented students meet their educational goals at Chemeketa.
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. However, Chemeketa offers resources and opportunities to help you meet your education goals and expenses.
Read the Latest Updates
- DACA New/Initial and Renewal applications, Advance Parole, and Employers (uscis.org)
- September 7, 2022 Department of Homeland Security final rule (nilc.org)
- Top 5 Things to Know about the DACA court hearing (unitedwedream.org)
- Consideration of DACA (uscis.org)
- Temporary Protection Status (uscis.org)
- Know the facts about Public Charge
Get Started at Chemeketa
First, follow these steps to enroll at Chemeketa
- Choose whether you’re a new, returning, or transfer student (you will not be required to provide a social security number)
Help Paying for College
Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities
Undocumented and DACA students in Oregon are eligible for the following state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements. As part of the application process for these programs, you the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).
Opens in October
ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
- A full playlist of videos for Undocumented and DACA Oregonians
- 5 Consejos Para Completar ORSAA
- Demostración de laSolicitud de Ayuda Estudiantil de Oregón (ORSAA) (Video)
- ORSAA Tip Sheet PDF (English) (Spanish)
Oregon Opportunity Grant
Opens after October 1
The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. You can apply by submitting the ORSAA.
Oregon Promise Grant
The Oregon Promise is a state grant which helps cover most tuition costs at an Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED recipients. You can apply by submitting the ORSAA and submitting an Oregon Promise application in the OSAC Student Portal.
The early bird deadline is 5 pm February 15
The final deadline is 5 pm March 1
OSAC provides more than 500 scholarships for students. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply, all types of scholarships are available.
Applications are only accepted the first week of March
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
Open February 1-March 31
We have one online application for all of our Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships. Based on the information provided, you will automatically be matched in our system for scholarships meeting your qualifications.
Student Leadership Program
Applications open spring term
Get involved—student leader positions provide financial aid to help meet educational expenses, provide you with valuable work experience, and the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills. Immigration status is not a requirement since scholarships are also available for student leadership participants.
Individual Development Account (IDA)
An IDA is a savings account you can invest in your education. You can earn a 3:1 to 5:1 for your savings. The following websites can assist you in finding an IDA program near you.
The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship
Deadline March 1
Undocumented residents who meet certain qualifications are eligible to apply for scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation.
Dreamersroadmap.org is a national non-profit app helping undocumented students find scholarships to go to college.
My Undocumented Life
My Undocumented Life is a volunteer-run organization providing up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students including scholarship opportunities, navigating educational systems, immigration, and much more.
Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund
The Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund is for Hispanic ancestry, permanently residing in Oregon or Clark County, Washington. You must apply through the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber.
Scholarships A-Z provides resources and scholarships making higher education accessible to all regardless of immigration status. Their website lists scholarships by the month and due date.
The Dream.US Scholarships
Deadline March 1 by 11:59 pm
The Dream.US is a national scholarship covering students’ tuition and fees for associates and bachelor's degrees at one of their partner institutions such as WOU and EOU.
Board of Education Statement of Commitment
The Chemeketa Board of Education issued a statement about access, diversity, and equity in support of our students.
Guidance for Employees and Students
Chemeketa’s policies and procedures regarding access to student information and access to the college’s campuses by visitors, including law and federal officers.
Reporting Complaints and Concerns
We strive to provide a safe place for you to learn. If you are experiencing an issue, please click here and let us know through one of the methods provided on the webpage.
Additional Student Support
TRIO and Chemeketa Completion Program (CCP)
CCP partners with the TRIO program (together known as TRIO/CCP) to ensure that students of all backgrounds have equal access to learning opportunities and provide you with personalized support to assist you with navigating the college systems such as paying for college, registration, advising, transferring, and connecting you to resources. Apply now!
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Funds assists students at risk of dropping out of college due to financial hardship. These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as an alternative to financial aid. Requests must be urgent in nature due to a temporary hardship, event, or unforeseeable circumstances. Funding is limited and made possible with donations from our community partners and Chemeketa staff. Citizenship or permanent residence is not required to apply.
Off Campus Resources
The following organizations provide various resources specific to immigrant communities.
Consulado Mexicano de Portland
Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
National Immigration Legal Services Directory
National Immigration Law Center
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project