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Turlock university hosting Dreamers Summit on Friday morning

Jennifer Morales of Planada speaks to students Nov. 16, 2016, at a rally to show solidarity with immigrant students at Stanislaus State in Turlock, CA. The campus will hold a Dreamers Summit with immigration updates and resources Feb. 24.
Jennifer Morales of Planada speaks to students Nov. 16, 2016, at a rally to show solidarity with immigrant students at Stanislaus State in Turlock, CA. The campus will hold a Dreamers Summit with immigration updates and resources Feb. 24. jlee@modbee.com

California State University, Stanislaus, will hold a Dreamers Summit on Friday morning with up-to-date immigration information for students and immigrant youth.

The half-day forum will offer immigration policy updates and resources, including all available information on actions of the new administration of President Donald Trump. There also will be updates on Assembly Bill 540, the state law that allows certain nonresidents who attended California high schools to pay in-state fees to attend state colleges.

Guest speakers will include representatives from the Immigration Legal Resource Center, as well as other local and on-campus presenters.

The Dreamers Summit invites the Stanislaus campus community, local high school partners and allies working with undocumented youth. The event is co-sponsored by the Dreamers Committee, Admissions & Outreach Services and SAFE Club at Stanislaus State.

The Turlock campus serves high numbers of immigrants and children of immigrants. Fully half of its students are Latino. About 80 percent of fall 2016 incoming freshmen are the first generation in their families to go to college.

“Providing the opportunity for a better future for all students is at the core of our university’s mission,” school President Ellen Junn says in the cover article of this months’s Stan Magazine, produced by the university. “Special Report: First in College, Next to Lead” lists hurdles faces by these scholastic pioneers, which include an unknown number of dreamers.

Across California, roughly 7,000 college students certified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program receive student financial aid. In California, aid is available to undocumented students through the California Dream Act, which is not connected to the federal DACA program.

A student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for a public education or state financial aid in California.

The deadline to receive aid for next year under the state Dream Act is March 2, and the California Department of Education on Tuesday urged undocumented students to apply on time in news release Tuesday.

“Please apply right away. The California Dream Act is the key to success in college and 21st century careers. It would be a shame if fear or confusion keeps students from applying for financial aid that they have earned and they deserve,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.

As of Feb. 17, the California Student Aid Commission had received about 20,000 applications, drastically down from 2016.

“Students should be reassured that CSAC will take all available legal precautions to protect California Dream Act information, which is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with any other government agency,” the letter says.

Regardless of what happens at the federal level, state financial aid for dreamers remains legal in California, Torlakson said. A student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for a public education or state financial aid in California.

Find information at the California Dream Act website, at www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

Nan Austin: 209-578-2339, @NanAustin

If you go

What: Dreamers Summit

When: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 2

Where: Event Center at California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock

Info: The event is free but parking is $6 and parking lot ticket dispensers accept only cash. Parking Lot 8, by the roundabout at the Geer Road campus entry, is the closest lot. The event center is behind the cafeteria complex, facing the health center. For information, email Dreamers@csustan.edu or call 209-667-3070.

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