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Dream Centers - Empowering Undocumented Students Seeking Higher Education

Dominique Oliver


CSULB Dreamers Success Center


The California State University (CSU) is committed to supporting the academic, personal and professional goals of undocumented students through the establishment of Dream Resource Centers (DRCs) on many CSU campuses.

Known also as Dream Success Centers, there are currently nine campuses boasting such a resource and two new centers opening this year. In April 2014, Cal State Fullerton became the first CSU campus to open a dream center. Today, there are an estimated 8,000 undocumented students enrolled in the CSU.

DRCs are designed to provide access to college opportunities for undocumented high school, transfer, undergraduate and graduate students, and those with mixed-status families. The goal is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all 'Dreamers' that will enhance the university experience, build leadership skills, and promote civic and community engagement. With community partnerships between staff, faculty and administrators, centers are able to provide students with adequate resources on and off campus.

'Dreamers' can access California DREAM Act information, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) information and referrals, student support groups, workshops and programs at the center. Students may also request:

·        Academic and career advising

·        Mentoring support

·        Co-curricular engagement opportunities

·        Study lounge and computer access

·        Financial aid assistance

·        Referral to legal, health, and wellness services

Since 2001, undocumented students meeting eligibility requirements have been able to enroll in public colleges and universities, while paying in-state tuition. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM Act, allowing undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships.

The CSU recognizes and honors the hard work of undocumented students and their allies in advocating for equity in higher education. Learn more about the California DREAM Act and Dream Resource Centers by clicking here.