Dream Center

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Fresno City College Dream Center's mission is to provide information, support, resources, and academic counseling to new and continuing migrant students in overcoming challenges and assisting students in the completion of their educational goals in a safe and confidential environment.

Due to COVID-19, all students are asked to wear a mask on campus. Services and instruction are still open and available both online and in person.

HOURS

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm upon request

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Contact

Contact counselor below.

Dream Center direct phone line: 559.443.8570
Location: OAB-137 (closed)
(Old Administration Building #2)
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Email: dreamcenter@fresnocitycollege.edu

Fresno City College 
Attn: Dream Center
1101 E. University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

FRESNO CITY COLLEGE SERVICES

The Fresno City College Dream Center team is here to assist with AB540 Affidavit forms, CA Residency Questionnaires, Student Educational Plans (SEP), general counseling, Financial Aid assistance, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, job opportunities, legal advice from professionals, and other campus resources.

 

Wilfredo Felix Gamez

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Counselor

Wed 12 pm-5 pm
Thurs 8 am-5 pm
Fri 8 am-5 pm
wilfredo.felix-gamez@fresnocitycollege.edu
559.442.8200 Ext – 8938
Schedule an Appointment with Wilfredo

Guadalupe Garcia

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Counselor

Mon 8 am-5 pm
Tues 8 am-5 pm
Wed 8 am-2 pm
guadalupe.garcia@fresnocitycollege.edu 
559.489.2244
Schedule an Appointment with Guadalupe

Erick Munoz-Portillo

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Ben Reynoso

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Director

Mon - Fri
8 am-5 pm
Ben.Reynoso@fresnocitycollege.edu 
530.420.7677

ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID

Admissions

The Dream Center in collaboration with Admissions and Records assist Undocumented students to receive the AB540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption through the Bills AB540, AB2000, and SB68.

California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (AB540)

California law (AB540) provides for students who meet the criteria to be considered as residents for tuition purposes. This applied to students who may be an alien without lawful immigration status, as well as to students who have moved out of state and subsequently returned to California. A student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets all of the following four requirements:

  1. The student must have: attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and California Community College for the equivalent of three years or more, or attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school course work and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years, and
  2. The student must have: graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam), or completed an associate degree from a California Community College, or completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State Univeristy or the University of California, and
  3. The student must register as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California, and
  4. The student must file an affidavit with the college or university stating that if the student is a non-citizen without current or valid immigration status, the student has filed an application to legalize immigration status, or will file an application as soon as the student is eligible to do so.

    AB 540 Affidavit Form

Financial Aid

Not a US Citizen or Permanent resident? Want to apply for financial aid, but cannot apply for federal aid due to your immigration status? Do you meet the AB 540 criteria and graduated from a California High School or received your GED or passed the high school equivalency exam in California or a higher degree? You may be eligible for state financial aid under the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act is a form of financial assistance.

The Dream Center in collaboration with the Financial Aid office support undocumented students with the following three bills: Assembly Bill (AB) 540, AB 130, and AB 131. Together, these bills allow undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to be treated the same as resident students.

Combined, these Assembly Bills constitute what is called the California Dream Act, and they allow undocumented AB 540 students to:

  • Pay the resident fees at public colleges and universities,
  • Apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers and state-sponsored Cal Grants.

Financial Aid/Dream Act page: Financial Aid Dream Act

 

Resources

Immigration Services available for FCC students, faculty and staff

The UFW Foundation's Community Colleges Project has partnered with Fresno City College to provide FREE immigration services for all FCC students, staff, and faculty. The UFW Foundation's Community Colleges Project provides a wide array of immigration services and can assist with DACA renewals, naturalization, adjustment of status applications, removal proceedings and much more! The UFW Foundation's Community Colleges Project is staffed by attorneys, Department of Justice accredited representatives, and qualified legal assistants. Their staff is devoted to helping all FCC students, staff, and faculty attain quality legal advice and services. Sign up for an appointment today using the online portal below.

Paloma Contreras
Staff Attorney-Community Colleges Project
Email: pcontreras@ufwfoundation.org
Phone: 559.496.0700 ext. 500
Schedule a virtual appointment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

4893 East Kings Canyon
Fresno CA, 93727-3811
Phone: 559.434.5546
USCIS Website

Education & Leadership Foundation: Immigration Integration Help Center

4290 E. Ashlan, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559.291.5428
ELF Website

El Consulado Mexicano

7435 N Ingram Ave
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559.233.3065
Mexican Consulate Website

Insure America Project

4969 E McKinley Ave #203
Fresno, CA 93727
Phone: 559.573.8053
IAP Website

United We Lead

2600 Ventura St Suite 105
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559.644.3178
United We Lead Website

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)

2023 North Gateway Blvd, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93727
Phone: 559.666.6446
CVIIC Website

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

5150 Kings Canyon Rd, 109
Fresno, CA 93727
Phone: 877.369.2828
Self-Help Federal Credit Union Website

FCC Puente Program

Phone: 559.442.4600 ext. 8623
Puente Program

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)

Phone: 559.442.8231
EOPS

FCC Admissions & Records

Phone: 559.443.8604
Admissions and Records

FCC Financial Aid

Phone: 559.442.8245
Financial Aid

Psychological Services Office

Phone: 559.443.8687
Psychological Services

RAM Pantry

Phone: 559.443.8688
RAM Pantry

FCC Library

Phone: 559.442.8204
Library

 

California Student Aid Commission: Dream Act Application

California Student Aid Commission
P.O. Box 419026
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9026
Phone: 888.CA.GRANT or 888.224.7268
CAL DREAM ACT       

CSU Fresno Dream Outreach Center

5240 N. Jackson
Fresno, CA 93740
559.278.5750
Dream Outreach Center

CSU Fresno Dream Success Center

5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 62
Fresno, CA 93740
559.278.1554
Dream Success Center        

CSU Fresno Camp Program

Thomas Administration Building, Room 105
5241 N. Maple Ave M/S TA61
Fresno, CA 93740
559.278.4768
CSU Fresno CAMP

Fresno Pacific University

559-453-2000
FPU Website

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

354 Pine Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104
E4FC Website

FCC Scholarships

Scholarships at FCC

Education and Leadership Foundation Scholarships

ELF Scholarships

Dreamers Roadmap Scholarships

DRS Scholarships

FCC Career and Employment Center

Career and Employment Center, LI-147
Phone: 559.442.8294
Career and Employment Center  

California Teaching Fellows Foundation

575 E Locust Ave #302
Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: 559.224.9200
CTFF Website

FCC Student Activities

Phone: 559.443.8688
Student Activities Website