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Welcome to the Dream Center

Navigating college is a challenge for many students and undocumented students face even more complex legal, academic, career, and life hurdles.  SBCC is committed to supporting undocumented students as they develop into the next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, artists, and leaders in our community. The Dream Center is a bilingual (English/Spanish) resource for all undocumented and mixed status students in need of legal support, academic guidance, advocacy, and a space for belonging on campus.

Dream Center Hours and Location

Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding school holidays)

Located in the Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ)

Room CC-228 on East Campus (next to the cafeteria)  

The Dream Center is open for both in-person and remote services. Please come and visit us at our Dream Center!

Lunes - Jueves de 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluyendo as festivos)
Ubicado en el Centro para la Equidad y la Justicia Social (CESJ)

CC-228 en el campus este (junto a la cafetería)

El Centro Sueño está abierto para servicios en persona y remoto. ¡Por favor venga a visitarnos en nuestro Centro de Sueños!


Leslie Marin

Dream Center Student Program Advisor

- Asesora Estudiantil para el Centro de Sueños

Roxane Byrne, PhD

Coordinator of Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency

- Coordinadora de Centros de Equidad, Diversidad, y Competencia Cultural

Steps to Enroll as an Undocumented Student

Student Resources

List of Scholarships and Fellowships
This list of scholarships and fellowships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship for you! The list has general application eligibility requirements, including education level, region/state, and immigration status (e.g. DACA, TPS, in-state tuition eligibility).

¡Esta lista de becas no requieren prueba de ciudadanía estadounidense! La lista tiene requisitos generales de elegibilidad, incluyendo nivel de educación, región / estado y estatus migratorio (por ejemplo, DACA, TPS, elegibilidad de matrícula en el estado).

Paid and Unpaid Opportunities for Undocumented, DACA and TPS

Scholarships for Latinx and Hispanic College Students

Becas Universitarias para Estudiantes Hispanos y Latinos

Study.com Scholarship for DACA Students

Graduate School Resources

Best Online Guide to Scholarships and Resources for Undocumented Master's Students

A Master's Student's Ultimate Source for Earning an Online Degree

Plan Your FREE Immigration Appointment

Santa Barbara City College and the UFW Foundation are partnering to provide trusted FREE immigration legal services to all current students, faculty, and staff.

Nuestro Colegio y la Fundación UFW están trabajando juntos para proporcionar servicios legales de inmigración GRATUITOS confiables a todos los estudiantes, profesores y personal actuales.

Every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 AM to 5PM

Cada segundo martes y cuarto miércoles del mes de 9 AM a 5PM

Services include:

  • Adjustment of Status- Ajuste de Estatus
  • Naturalization Applications- Aplicaciones de Naturalización
  • Immigration Eligibility Consultations- Consultas de Elegibilidad de Inmigración
  • Family-based Immigration Applications- Aplicaciones de Inmigración Basadas en la Familia
  • DACA Renewals & First-time Applications- Renovaciones de DACA y solicitudes por primera vez
  • Various Visas: T, U, & Special Immigrant Juvenile -Varias Visas: T, U, y casos especials de imigrante juvenil
  • Background Checks and FOIA - Verificaciones de antecedentes y FOIA
  • Requests/Reviews...and so much more! - Solicitudes / Revisiones... y mucho más!
  • IMPORTA Santa Barbara
    129 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Who: In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice authorized IMPORTA to practice immigration law through "Accredited Representatives" trained in immigration law. Since then IMPORTA has grown to be the largest provider of immigration legal services in Santa Barbara County with a near 100% success rate.

    Services they offer: 

    • 649 DACA Renewals
      • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has received additional funding to continue to support individuals with their DACA renewal fees. As a reminder, the funding covers the $495 DACA renewal application fee for income-eligible California residents.
    • 194 Naturalization Cases
    • 66 Complex Cases (U Visas, Acquistion and Derviation of Citizenship, VAWA, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Adjustment of Status, Waivers, Family Petitions, Appeals)
    • 8 Cases Working with Pro-Bono Immigration Attorneys for Clients in Immigration Court 

    For more details click here!

    Immigrants Hope 

    Mission Statement: "Empower our community by edcauting adults, providing support in finding a possible pathway to legal residency, and sharing the hope of the gospel" .

    Services they offer: 

    • Naturalization,
    • Green Cards Eligibility
    • Green Cards Renewals
    • DACA Renewals & Initials
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Removal of Conditions
    • Asylum Eligibility
    • Temporary Protective Status
    • Family Visas, Student, Tourist, Fiancé Visas
    • Religious Worker Visas
    • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
    • U-Visa (Victims of Crimes)
    • 601A Unlawful Presence Waivers


    DACA Recipient’s Guide to Buying a Home

    What: The guide includes helpful information on how to find a home loan and how the home-buying process works.


    For more info email: info@e.mymove.com


    Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center

    Mission: "We provide equal access to justice and due process to indigent immigrant so that no one should face immigration court alone."

    Who: They are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency promoting equal access to justice and due process by providing pro bono legal services to indigent immigrants in deportation proceedings and eductaing immigrants on their basic civil rights

    To visit the website click here!

  • Source

    • More than 427,000 (approximately 2% of all students) undocumented students are enrolled in higher education;
    • 181,000 of these individuals hold or are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
    • The top five states with undocumented students in higher education are California (94,000), Texas (58,000), Florida (40,000), New York (25,000), and Illinois (18,000);
    • 81% of undocumented students are enrolled in public institutions while 19% attend private postsecondary institutions;
    • 90% of undocumented students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and 10% percent of students are enrolled in graduate-level programs; and,
    • Undocumented students are a diverse population in higher education, with Hispanic students accounting for 48.5% of undocumented students, compared to 24.2% for Asian students, and 12.5% for Black students.

    1. English as a Second Langauge (ESL): The ESL program welcomes all English langauge laerners. They offer credit classes in the day, evening, and online. Students in the program study grammar, speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and writing. SBCC ESL teachers, office staff, peer advisors and tutors are all here to help you!
      • The ESL Office helps all ESL students apply to the college and enroll in classes. Call Raquel Hernandez-Alvarado at 805-699-6618 or 805-730-4120 and email: alvarado@sbcc.edu
      • Hablan español!
    2. Extented Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS): The EOPS program is a program that provides academic and personal support, guidance, and financial resources to enhance the experience of low-income and underserved students at SBCC.
      • Program Eligibility Requirements
      • Services include (but not limited to): Book grants, meal vouchers, ersonalized academic counseling, free tutoring/printing, priority registration, educational workshops, school supplies, childcare subsidies, and much more!
      • If you have questions please call the EOPS office (805)730-4079. or email: eops@sbcc.edu
      • Location: Student Services Building 2nd floor- Room 240
    3. Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS): The DSPS program is a program committed to creating an accessible learning community where individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue their educational goals. DSPS is responsible for arranging reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with a documented disability.
      • Educational accommodations and services(but not limited to): Related counseling, extended time on tests, priority registration, alternate media, assistive technology, specialized furniture, and auxiliary aides.
      • If you have questions please call the DSPS office (805) 730-4164 or dspshelp@sbcc.edu.
      • Location: Student Services Building Room-160
    4. Basic Needs Center (BNC): Provides students and community members with access to FREE quality food, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies. The Basic Needs Center is Located in ECC-14 (across from The Well) and houses the Food Pantry, Love's Clothing Closet, and the CalFresh Assistance Program.
      • If you have questions please call: Alondra Lazaro Gonzalez, BNC Student Program Advisor alazarogonzalez@pipeline.sbcc.edu
      • Location: CC-14 (across from The Well)
      • Hablan español!
    5. Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ): The Center for Equity & Social Justice strives to provide a safe and brave space for students of color, women, LGBT+, undocumented, and other marginalized students at SBCC.
      • Some services inculde (but not limited to): Lectures, workshops, discussions, film screenings, spoken word, and art exhibits that explore issues of culture, belonging, power, oppression, and injustice in our community.  
      • If you have questions please call (805) 730-4199 or email: Roxane M. Byrne: rmbryrne@sbcc.edu
      • Location: Campus Center Room 228
    6. Career Center: The SBCC's Career Center offers a variety of workshops, events and job fairs to help you discover and accomplish your short- and long-term goals. 
      • They provide help with resumes, cover letter, mock interviews, job and internship opportunities, and so much more!
      • If you have any questions please call (805) 965-0581 x2331 or email: Chris Phillips, Director, phillipsc@sbcc.edu
      • Location: Student Services Building 2nd floor- Room 282.
    7. The Transfer Achievement Program (TAP): The Transfer Achievement Program is a comprehensive support program designed to assist under-represented students who are planning to transfer to a college or university. Their goal is to facilitate a smooth transition from SBCC to a four-year institution.
      • They provide help with book grants, informational workshops, campus trips, academic counseling, T.A.P. Ceremony, and so much more!
      • Location: Student Services Building 1st floor
    8. The Luria Library: The Luria Library is a great resource for students that provides resources like computers, hotspots, textbooks, articles, tutorials, and assistance writing research papers + so much more!
      • Fun Fact: In the library you can also book study rooms (for groups of up to 6 people or a single person).
      • Location: West Campus