Scholarship to support DACA renewal process

by Shawn Warner, Director of Professional Development
Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:21 AM

The Mission Asset Fund, with support from the Weingart Foundation, recently announced that they will provide $500,000 in grants to cover the cost of renewing the applications of University of California, California State University, and California community college students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Mission Asset Fund, a Bay Area nonprofit that works to build financially sustainable communities and families, will distribute the funds in the form of $495 grants to cover the renewal application fee for students whose DACA permits expire on or before March 5, 2018, and who are applying for a renewal.

UC students in need of financial support for their DACA renewal applications are urged to apply for a grant on the Mission Asset Fund’s website. Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should submit applications as soon as possible – even if they have not yet completed the DACA renewal application – so that funds can be made available to them before the October 5, 2017, renewal deadline. The online application requires only that students answer a short questionnaire and provide proof of their DACA work permit.

UC has approximately 4,000 undocumented students, a substantial number of whom have DACA. In a letter to the UC community sent Tuesday, UC President Janet Napolitano and all 10 UC chancellors strongly urged DACA recipients whose permits are set to expire between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, to apply for a two-year renewal. Applications for renewal must be completed by October 5, 2017.

Additionally, last Friday, the University of California filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the DACA program. The lawsuit asks the court to set aside the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA because it is “unconstitutional, unjust, and unlawful.”