Special Population Session: AB 540 & Undocumented Students

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Transcript Special Population Session: AB 540 & Undocumented Students

Student Services I:

Students with Disabilities and other Special Populations

CSU-UC Counselor Conference 2013


 Services for Students with Disabilities  Special Populations • AB 540 • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Services for Students with Disabilities

Fall 2013 Counselor Conference

Legal Differences from High School to University High School

 No Child Left Behind  IDEA  School District Requirements  Parental notification required


 ADA  Rehabilitation Act Sections 504 & 508  CSU Requirements (different at other institutions)  FERPA – information privacy

Differences from High School to University

High School

 Identification by school Disability documentation by school  Parental involvement required 


 Identification by student Student must provide disability documentation  Parental involvement only through student

Differences from High School to University

 Rights

High School

 Someone else advocates  School responsible to initiate services & accommodations


 Rights with responsibilities  Self advocate  Self initiation of services & partner in provision

Accommodations – Case by Case

Accommodations are determined by the student’s functional limitations and the academic standards for each class – No IEP.

 Extended time to take exams  A reader and/or scribe for exams  Notetaking  Alternative media (Braille, e-text, audio)  Assistive technology  Peer mentoring & academic coaching  Tape recording of classes  Accessible classroom furniture  Career preparation services

Key Messages to Students & Parents

 There are big differences in what accommodations are given and how they are applied  Make contact with Disability Services early (so students and parents will know what to expect – informed choice)  Register with Disability Services as soon as accepted (proper class registration & accommodations on placement tests)  Parents need to become coaches to student rather than direct advocates

Additional Information About Services for Students with Disabilities

 CSUMentor site: – www.csumentor.edu/faq/disabilities.asp

 California State University site: – www.calstate.edu/SAS/disabilities.shtml

 Individual campus department websites

Special Populations

Fall 2013 Counselor Conference

Special Populations

 AB-540 Student Requirements – – Attended a high school in California for three or more years Graduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma, (Passed the GED or CA High School Proficiency Exam) – Register or be currently enrolled in one of the three state institutions of higher learning – File an affidavit with the college or university stating that he or she has applied to legalize his or her legal status or will do so as soon as he or she is eligible to do so – All information provided by student will be kept confidential by the college or university

Special Populations

 AB-540 Student Eligibility –


student, except a person in non-immigrant status, who meets the specific requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California  Any student means U.S. citizen, legal resident and undocumented person – An undocumented person is a non-citizen who entered the U.S. without legal immigration status or who stayed after the period he/she was authorized to be in the U.S.

Special Populations

 AB-540 Student Eligibility  Non-immigrant status means visa holders [e.g., tourist (B visa) or student (F or J visa)]  Under AB 1899, students with T (Human trafficking survivors) or U (survivors of serious crimes) nonimmigrant status who meet the other criteria of AB 540 are eligible for in-state tuition, fee waivers, scholarships, institutional and state financial aid

Special Populations

 AB-540 Admission Application Process – Encouraged to apply for admission during the priority filing period (Oct. 1- Nov 30) – The SSN area should be left blank on the Admission Application 

May use the granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number

– The Residency questions should be answered according to their personal residency situation  If an undocumented student is charged non-resident tuition but the student knows they meet the AB 540 guidelines, please have the student contact the campus and turn in a California NonresidentTuition Exemption Request Form otherwise known as an AB 540 Affidavit

Special Populations

 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – – – It allows students to work on campus It does not establish California residency It does not make students eligible for federal financial aid (no FASFA) – It does not prevent students from applying for California Dream Act financial aid (apply through CalDreamAct.org) – It does not change any AB-540 requirements or eligibility


Programs at the University of California

Services for Students with Disabilities

Disability Services Overview

• UC provides special assistance and services to support students with disabilities so they can participate fully in campus programs and activities.

• Each campus has an office that coordinates services.

Disability Services

• Academic support o Readers o Sign language interpreters o Note-takers o Special test-taking arrangements • Assistive technology o Equipment loans o Minor wheelchair repairs • Housing

Disability Services Contacts


Paul Hippolitus Director Disabled Students Program (510) 642-0518

[email protected]


Jeanne Wilson Director Student Disability Center (530) 752-3184

[email protected]


Jan Serrantino Director Disability Services Center (949) 824-7994

[email protected]

Los Angeles

Monroe Gordon Director Office for Students with Disabilities (310) 825-01514

[email protected]


Holly Mayo Director Disability Services (209) 228-4666

[email protected]


Laura Riley Director Student Special Services (951) 827-5379

[email protected]

San Diego

Joanna Boval Director Office for Students with Disabilities (858) 534-4382

[email protected]

Santa Barbara

Gary White Director Disabled Students Program (805) 893-2182

[email protected]

Santa Cruz

Peggy Grodhaus Church Director Disability Resource Center (831) 459-2089

[email protected]

Undocumented Students


• AB 540 o Exempts students from paying nonresident tuition at CA public colleges and universities.

o Exemption is worth about $23,000 per undergraduate.

o Applies to all students – U.S. citizens and non-citizens who meet the law’s requirements.


– residents of other states who attended a CA high school for 3+ years and graduated.


– students with no identifiable documentation who attended a CA high school for 3+ years and graduated.

Admissions Application Process

• Undocumented students should apply for UC admission during the priority filing period of October 1 through November 30.

• Question about citizenship: click on “No Selection” from the drop down menu.

• Question about SSN: leave blank.

• Apply for financial aid using the

Dream Application



the FAFSA. • Undocumented students (including those with DACA) do not qualify for federal financial aid.

Undocumented Student Services

• Dream Resource Centers at UC Berkeley and UCLA • All campus provide: o Academic counseling o Book lending o Legal support o Financial aid resources o Referrals to campus networks

Undocumented Student Groups

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: RISE (Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education)


: SPEAK (Scholars Promoting Education, Awareness and Knowledge) •

Los Angeles:

Success) IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and • •


Students Empowering Dreams


Education) PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams and • •

San Diego:

Migrant Rights Awareness

Santa Barbara:

Success) •

Santa Cruz:

IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and SIN (Students Informing Now)

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