The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation), has developed the Higher Education Immigration Legal Services Program. This program provides a wide range of free immigration legal services to undocumented and mix status students, faculty and staff on California community college campuses. Free or low cost legal services was one of the three critical needs identified through the Dreamers Project Report. (Opens in a new window) CDSS, the Foundation, and the CCCCO are proud to be addressing this need by connecting students, faculty and staff to immigration legal services, resources and providers across the state.
Empower students with accurate and current information about immigration law and policy and increase access to legal representation by a qualified provider.
$10 million investment
Annually, the State of California invests $10 million for the California Department of Social Services to contract with nonprofit organizations and bring immigration legal services to all California Community Colleges.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is contracted to develop informational webinars and resources with current and up-to-date information.
Legal Service Provider Selection Criteria
California Department of Social Services selects organizations to provide legal services that meet the criteria of the California’s Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 13300 -13306. The Legal providers must:
Legal Service Providers supporting this project
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Non-profit Requirements (Opens in a new window)
- California’s Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 13300 -13306. (Opens in a new window)
- Higher Education Bill of 2018 (Opens in a new window)
- US Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Access Programs (Opens in a new window)
- State Bar of California Trust Fund Program (Opens in a new window)