Undocumented Students

Undocument students are students who live in the United States and are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who don’t have an Alien Registration Card, visa or other legal documentation; this includes students or their families who entered the country legally on tourist or work visas and chose to stay after their visas expired.

Undocumented students must apply for financial aid at Harvey Mudd as an international student. For additional details and the requirements for applying for international financial aid, please refer to the International Student Financial Aid page.

The California Dream Act – New for 2013-2014

California Dream Act students could be Cal Grant eligible at Harvey Mudd if all California Dream Act and Cal Grant eligibility criteria are met. Effective: Jan. 1, 2013

The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented students who meet certain provisions of the AB 540 California Education Code 68130.5(a) law to apply for and receive Cal Grant funds while attending Harvey Mudd.

To receive California Dream Act aid at Harvey Mudd you must:

  • Have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years. Graduated from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED, also called General Educational Development test)
  • Enroll at Harvey Mudd College. In the case of an undocumented or under documented student, fill out an affidavit affirming that you have or will apply for United States citizenship or permanent residency as soon as eligible to do so. This is a California Dream Act requirement for AB 540 and AB 131 students
  • Must also meet all other Cal Grant eligibility criteria to get a Cal Grant.

Applying for the Cal Grant

California Dream Act students should be prepared to take the following steps to apply for a Cal Grant:

  • Dream Act students without legal immigration status will be required to fill out and submit the California Student Aid Commission’s California Dream Act Application in lieu of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before March 2. The California Dream Act Application is available as of January 1.
  • Like all other dependent Cal Grant applicants, Dream Act students will be required to submit parental income and asset information. The demographic information students will provide on the California Dream Act Application is largely the same as the information that students have already supplied to their high schools and colleges.
  • Dream Act students will be required to submit a NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (California residents only) to your high school counselor or college Registrar to be considered for the Cal Grant Program. Submit the form to the California Student Aid Commission well before the March 2 deadline. Your NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form should be completed by either: your high school counselor (if you have not completed more than 24 college units) or your college registrar (if you have completed more than 24 college units).There are no checks and matches between the Dream Act Application and any federal databases. Dream Act students’ and their parents’ information is protected by the same privacy and information security laws and safeguards as all other Cal Grant applicants.

The deadline for applying is March 2. If you do not receive a Cal Grant Entitlement Award during your first year or you are disqualified based on not meeting income, asset and financial need requirements, you must reapply for a Competitive Cal Grant for your second, third and fourth year.

Cal Grant awards are announced and finalized in late spring. If at that time we learn that you are eligible for a Cal Grant award, and Cal Grant aid was not included on your Financial Aid Award Letter, your Harvey Mudd College need-based International Student Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of your Cal Grant award. The Office of Financial Aid cannot guarantee the equivalent in Harvey Mudd College need-based International Student Scholarship if the financial aid applicant does not receive the Cal Grant due to an incomplete, inaccurate or late application. The Cal Grant is determined through a review of the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Therefore, both the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form must be postmarked no later than the March 2 deadline, with no exceptions.

Continuing Dream Act Cal Grant recipients do not need to submit the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. However, based on California Education Code section 69432.7(k) (Bill SB 70) effective March 24, 2011, Cal Grant eligibility must be determined each year. Cal Grant recipients will now need to meet income, asset and financial need requirements on a yearly basis, all of which previously applied only to initial Cal Grant recipients.