COVID-19 Resources for the Undocumented Community and Allies

Important COVID-19 Resources

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Immigration Updates/Resources
Fullerton College
Orange County
Disability & Unemployment: (DACA students)
Other Resources


***Information on the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act regarding Undocumented individuals and DACA Recipients eligibility is a bit incomplete and unclear. Undocumented individuals who do not have any kind of status (i.e. DACA, etc.) WILL NOT qualify for emergency financial aid grants funneled to colleges and universities through the CARES Act. However, based on sources it seems that DACA recipients currently do qualify for unemployment benefits through the CARES Act.

FC student services and administrators are working to find non-federal funds to support undocumented students and aim to update you all as soon as more information is available.***

Here is more information on the CARES Act

What is the CARES Act?

On April 2020, the US Department of Education (DOE) announced that more than $6 billion would be distributed immediately to colleges and universities across the country to provide direct emergency financial aid grants to college students whose lives and educational pathways have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding has been made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act.

Fullerton College received a total of $9,700,734, with $4,850,367 as the minimum allocation to be awarded for emergency Financial Aid Grants to students (mentioned in this article sourced through this pdf file).

An official notice from the Fullerton College has been released and can be found through the following link.

The sole purpose of this federal funding is to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.


  • All currently enrolled Fullerton College students
  • Full- and part-time students, though awards will be prorated for part-time students

Please note that CARES Act funding does not cover:

  • International and undocumented students due to federal government guidelines

Application through Colleges/Universities
(This section doesn’t apply to Undocumented and DACAmented students, please skip to the CARES Act Updates Section)

**Application information has not yet been released**

Students will receive more information about the grants and applications process at a later time. Upon completion of the process, funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to help students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits.

Get Prepared

To receive CARES Act aid for the spring 2020 semester, students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019–20. Because CARES Act aid may be available to students through December 31, 2020, and if students plan on applying for federal and/or state financial aid for the 2020/2021 academic year, we strongly recommend completing a FAFSA for 2020-2021. If you’ve already completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020 and are seeking aid for the spring 2020 semester only, you do not need to resubmit your application.

Students should also update their local address in the Student Center. Those who have direct deposit information on the Student Center should verify that it is correct.

Given the high-profile nature of this funding, students should be aware and vigilant against attempts to gain access to their student account through phishing.

Unemployment Insurance- CARES Act

The CARES Act also includes a section on unemployment benefits where it allows states the option of extending their unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are usually ineligible for unemployment benefits.

How does this affect Dacamented Workers?

Unemployment Insurance (UI): an employer paid program that provides partial income replacement when you become unemployed or have your hours reduced and meet all eligibility requirements.

If you are an individual that was working in the state of California with a valid employment authorization card and had their hours reduced or was laid off due to COVID 19, and you still have a valid employment authorization card, you may file for Unemployment Insurance.

For more information on how to file please visit the official Employment Development Department website from the State of California:

CARES Act Updates

While International and undocumented students are not eligible for federal campus-based emergency funds and resources to support students with demonstrated need.

The immigrant rights group United We Dream and 259 other civil rights groups in a letter urged U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reverse her decision to exclude DACA college students from being able to receive emergency grants provided by Congress in the CARES Act stimulus package.

United We Dream in a press release also urged other colleges to follow the lead of the University of California and California State University systems. Both, as first reported by Inside Higher Ed, are using their own funds to give DACA students emergency help.

Other Resources

  • Governor’s Executive Order—On April 23, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans. He also signed an executive order to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19-related financial assistance.
  • CARES Act Summary FINAL (4) (1).pdf– Information from CHIRLA



Disclaimer: Fullerton College has released any information  regarding the CARES Act. Please click on this link to learn more. This message was put together from multiple sources included on this page. Information may be subject to change depending on the official messages released by Fullerton College. We would also like to mention that we are not attorneys and would not want you all to take this as legal advice. If you have more questions or concerns please reach out to us and we will try our best to connect you with individuals who specialize in this field.

Campus Closure Notification 

For the most up-to-date information on the campus closure, please visit:

Friendly Reminders

Undocumented under COVID

Grads to Be Program Disclaimer

The Grads to Be Program staff at Fullerton College is committed to supporting undocumented students and have a passion for social justice. We hope that the information provided by our team will give you a better understanding about certain policies and how they affect undocumented students and their families. However, this information is intended for informational purposes only and should NOT substitute legal advice from a licensed attorney.

We have compiled information from different legal sources, however we encourage you to seek legal advice for your own case as each situation requires analysis from multiple perspectives.

Although we try to be as timely and accurate as possible, immigration laws are constantly evolving. A licensed attorney can determine if there have been any recent changes to immigration policies or laws that may affect you.

The Grads to Be Program assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. The information is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Lastly, please be aware that the Grads to Be Program nor the use of legal information provided by the program creates an attorney-client relationship.