UndocuScholar Resource Connection

The ARC UndocuScholar Resource Connection empowers students, staff, faculty, and community members who are undocumented, of mixed-status family or allies by supporting their academic, personal, and professional goals.  The ARC UndocuScholar Resource Connection is committed to providing individualized support and resources to help students achieve their academic pathway.

Steps To Success For Undocumented And AB 540 Students

Step 1: Apply, Apply, Apply

Apply Online 

  1. When completing the application, if you do not have an ITIN or SSN, you
    MUST complete the application and then go to the Admissions and Records
    office to process your application.
  2. Once the application is processed, you will receive an email containing your
    Student ID number AND
  3. A second email notifying you that you have been processed as a nonresident
    and may qualify for AB540 status or have to fill out a residency
    reclassification form

* If you do not receive either emails within 24hrs, you may need to contact Admissions Office.

Step 2: Complete the AB 540 Affidavit

You can find the AB 540 Affidavit at:

AB 540 Affidavit

You must complete and submit the AB540 affidavit to the admissions office to qualify for the Promise Grant and Program or to qualify for State Financial Aid.
Note: You are no longer required to bring in high school transcripts, diploma, or a letter written by counselor, unless asked for it.

If you do not qualify for AB 540 status contact the UndocuScholar Resource Connections to look for other options.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

a. Complete the California Dream Act Application, which is state financial aid at:

California Dream Act Application

Note: Males over 18 years of age must register for Selective Services and turn in by mail:

Selective Service System

b. Complete the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) online at:

College Promise Grant

c. Check eligibility for  - EOP&S
and Privately-funded scholarships Immigrants Rising

d. For campus scholarships, go to  Los Rios Scholarship Opportunities and search for “Comunidad Helping Dreamers Scholarship” as well as other scholarships.

Step 4: Complete Orientation

a. Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at American River College. All new students must complete orientation on-line or in person.

Step 5: Place into the Right Classes

a. Your US high school records will be used to place you if you have graduated within 10 years. If you have not graduated within 10 years or did not attend a US high school, please refer to the ARC Steps to Success website (step 4) for further information.

For more information, please contact Viridiana Castro Silva  at: (916) 484-8489 or undocuscholar@arc.losrios.edu

Step 6: Make an Education Plan

a. Connect with the UndocuScholar Resource Connection to refer you to UndocuFriendly counselors


b. Attend a Get Connected Session; learn more and register at:

Achieve at ARC

Step 7: Register for Classes

a. Log on to your eServices account and select the Student Center option. Once you are in your Student Center, your enrollment day and time will be located on the right hand side, under Enrollment Appointments

b. Before your scheduled day and time to register for courses, go to “Student Center” in eServices, and make sure to place your desired classes into your “Shopping Cart.” On your scheduled enrollment day and time, go to your “Shopping Cart” and select “Enroll.”

c. Be aware of  academic calendar deadlines.
NOTE: During the open enrollment period you may enroll at any time.

Please visit the Student Center HUB to receive support!

Academic/Personal Counseling

ARC Counselors Carmelita Palomares, Rick Ramirez, Lydia Delgado, and Mayra Mireles provide a comprehensive support service to students who are undocumented, of mixed family status, and allies.  Please visit the HUB to schedule an appointment to receive assistance with creating an educational plan (iSEP).

The URC has undocufriendly counselors and to please contact us if they would like to be scheduled with them. (916) 484 - 4568

Financial Aid Assistance

ARC Financial Aid Officer, Patricia Jimenez de Valdez, provides financial aid information and support.  To receive assistance, please call (916) 484-8491 or email Patricia at: JimeneP@arc.losrios.edu. 

UndocuAlly Trainings

Learn to understand and how to provide support to the undocumented community.  Learn about the latest laws and policies affecting UndocuScholars.  This training is open to students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members!  Make sure to attend and add this training to your resume! 

Immigration Consultations

In partnership with Opening Doors, the UndocuScholar Resource Connection is offering free immigration consultations to anyone who is undocumented, of mixed family status, or allies.  The Immigration Consultations take place every first Thursday of the month at the Counseling Center from 10am - 1pm.

Dates :

February 6, 2020

March 5, 2020

April 2, 2020

May 7 , 2020

Location: Hub, Pipeline

Mental Health Services

Wellness Time: Wellness Time is a peer support group intended to provide a space for meaningful interaction and connection amongst undocumented students, student of mixed-status families, and allies at American River College. The group meets every on every 3rd Thursday of the month in the Submarine Room in the Center for Leadership and Development.  Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

For more information, please contact Viridiana Castro Silva  at: (916) 484-8489 or undocuscholar@arc.losrios.edu

Events and Training

Transfer Event
CADAA Consultations


Dean: Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson
Equity Programs Supervisor: Satya Chima
Student Personnel Assistant: Deborah Hernandez
Phone: (916) 484-8489
Fax: (916) 484-8519
Email: UndocuScholar@arc.losrios.edu


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Also through appointment

Peer Mentor Hours
Desiree: Monday / Wednesday 10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m
Tuesday / Thursday 3:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m
Ema: Tuesday / Thursday : 9:00 - 10:00 a.m


The HUB (located in the Student Center Building)

UndocuScholar Logo

Direct Support Services to UndocuScholars and the Undocumented Community

At the UndocuScholar Resource Connection, the Student Life Supervisor, the Student Personnel Assistant and Peer Mentor provide support and resources to students, staff, faculty, and community members who are undocumented, of mixed family status, or allies.  We provide the following direct services:

  • Morale support
  • Referrals to on and off campus resources
  • Assistance with admissions
  • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • Career related services
  • And more....