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
Fall 2013 Counselor Conference
Legal Differences from
High School to University
High School
 No Child Left Behind
 Rehabilitation Act
Sections 504 & 508
 School District
 Parental notification
 CSU Requirements
(different at other institutions)
 FERPA – information
Differences from
High School to University
High School
 Identification by school
 Disability documentation
by school
 Parental involvement
 Identification by student
 Student must provide
disability documentation
 Parental involvement only
through student
Differences from
High School to University
High School
 Rights
 Someone else advocates
 School responsible to
initiate services &
 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
 A reader and/or scribe for
 Notetaking
 Alternative media (Braille,
e-text, audio)
 Assistive technology
 Peer mentoring &
academic coaching
 Tape recording of classes
 Accessible classroom
 Career preparation
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
– Any 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)
– 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
– 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
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
Disabled Students Program
(510) 642-0518
[email protected]
Los Angeles
Monroe Gordon
Office for Students with Disabilities
(310) 825-01514
[email protected]
San Diego
Joanna Boval
Office for Students with Disabilities
(858) 534-4382
[email protected]
Jeanne Wilson
Student Disability Center
(530) 752-3184
[email protected]
Holly Mayo
Disability Services
(209) 228-4666
[email protected]
Santa Barbara
Gary White
Disabled Students Program
(805) 893-2182
[email protected]
Jan Serrantino
Disability Services Center
(949) 824-7994
[email protected]
Laura Riley
Student Special Services
(951) 827-5379
[email protected]
Santa Cruz
Peggy Grodhaus Church
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.
 Documented – residents of other states who attended a
CA high school for 3+ years and graduated.
 Undocumented – 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, not
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
• Berkeley: RISE (Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education)
• Davis: SPEAK (Scholars Promoting Education, Awareness and
• Los Angeles: IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and
• Merced: Students Empowering Dreams
• Riverside: PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams and
• San Diego: Migrant Rights Awareness
• Santa Barbara: IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and
• Santa Cruz: SIN (Students Informing Now)
University of California

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