Steps to Success for undocumented and AB 540 students

Step 1: Apply, Apply, Apply

  1. Apply online 
    • 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.
    • Once the application is processed, you will receive an email containing your Student ID number AND
    • A second email notifying you that you have been processed as a non-resident 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.

  1. Be aware of deadlines:

Academic - Calendar

Step 2: Complete the 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.

AB 540 Affidavit 

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

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

Step 4: Complete Orientation

  1. 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

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 contact our Counseling office for further assistance.

Step 6: Make an Education Plan

  1. Connect with the UndocuScholar Resource Connection to refer you to UndocuFriendly counselors or
  2. Attend a Get Connected Session; learn more and register at: Connect - Center

Step 7: Register for Classes

Log on to your eServices account at 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

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.”

Be aware of Academic Deadlines

NOTE: During the open enrollment period you may enroll at any time.


Patricia Jimenez De Valdez
Financial Aid Officer
(916) 484-8491

Judith Valdez
Coalition for Undocumented Students 
Club Co-Advisor EOP&S Counselor
(916) 484-8886

Veronica Lopez
Coalition for Undocumented Students 
Club Co-Advisor Faculty Member
(916) 484-8706

Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson
Dean, Equity Programs, Pathways
(916) 484-8925

Satya Chima Equity Program Supervisor
(916) 484-8489

Deborah Hernandez
SPA, UndocuScholar Resource Connection
(916) 484-8489

UndocuScholar Resource Connection
(916) 484-4568

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Direct Support Services to UndocuScholars and the Undocumented Community

At the UndocuScholar Resource Connection, the student life supervisor, 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:

  • Moral support
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Assistance with admissions
  • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • Career-related services