Statement From President Knudson on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
As you are likely aware, Attorney General Sessions announced the “unwinding" of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) earlier this week. Antelope Valley College officials are closely monitoring the situation as congressional action unfolds.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has issued a memo to all California Community Colleges. The memo states: "It is important to note that today’s decision on the “unwinding” of DACA does not impact a student’s ability to attend our colleges, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws."
Antelope Valley College continues to enroll students as they always have; process financial aid applications and scholarship applications as they always have. AVC will continue to honor the California and federal laws as they relate to immigrant and undocumented students - specifically, AB 540, California Dream Act and DACA. Our processes for protecting student records and their privacy under the requirements of FERPA, HIPPA, and state law has not changed.
The complete memo from the Chancellor’s office and and additional resources for undocumented students can be found at: http://www.cccco.edu/ResourcesforUndocumentedStudents.aspx