Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced a grant program for qualifying Los Angeles community college students going through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application process. The grants will cover both initial and renewal application fees, allowing hundreds of young Angelenos brought to this country as children to file petitions to remain here without financial hardship.
“The decision to erode the DACA program was heartbreaking, but Los Angeles will always stand up for our Dreamers,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “DACA has given so many hard-working, ambitious young Angelenos an opportunity to pursue higher education and contribute to our City and we want to support them in staying here in Los Angeles where they belong.”
In partnership with the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges, and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), 500 LACCD students will receive a one-time grant to pay the $495 DACA application fee.
To qualify for this grant, students must be enrolled at one of the nine LACCD colleges, demonstrate financial need, and attend virtual workshops that provide in depth information about the program and immigration resources. Students who qualify are also eligible to receive legal representation provided through the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) to assist them in filing the DACA application.
For more information, students can contact the Dream Resource Center at any of the nine LACCD campuses.