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The UCI DREAM Center strives to serve the needs of undocumented students with a holistic approach. We recognize that our students have a unique set of experiences, challenges, and responsibilities as first-generation, low-income, and undocumented. Our services help students manage the academic demands of UC Irvine, gain professional experience, and pursue personal development.


1 on 1 Support from our Professional Staff

Our 1-on-1 professional staff support offers you tailored guidance and assistance from our Professional Staff in a virtual setting.

Schedule an appointment to receive individualized attention and get the answers you need. Whether you're seeking academic advice, career counseling, or any other form of support, our dedicated staff is here to help you navigate your path to success.

Make an appointment here: https://dream.uci.edu/about/staff/


Incoming Student Checklist

Our Incoming Student Resource Checklist is your comprehensive guide to ensuring you have all the tools and information you need to thrive from day one.

This checklist is carefully curated to cover every aspect of your transition, from academic essentials to campus life.

Check out our Incoming Anteaters Checklist here: https://dream.uci.edu/incoming-anteaters/


Dream Scholars Program

Dream Scholars is a collaborative program between the Student Success Initiatives and the DREAM Center that uses cohort-model to support student academic well-being, community building, and identity development. 


  • Peer mentoring program for incoming freshmen and transfers
  • One-on-one personalized coaching sessions
  • FREE: Books, i-Clickers and laptop loans
  • Tutoring Scholarships 
  • Quarterly workshops and socials 
  • Resource referrals to key campus partners

For more information visit: https://ssi.uci.edu/dreamscholars/


Housing Resources

If you are struggling financially and cannot afford your housing unit, contact a DREAM Center professional staff member to discuss your options.

Additionally, we have two themed houses in Arroyo Vista available specifically for undocumented students. Applications open in winter and spring.

  • Please email Luis Fuentes, our house sponsor at (lfuente1@uci.edu) to learn more.

Bridging the Gap - Financial Support

Financial aid is available for undocumented students. At the DREAM Center, we can assist you with DREAM Act applications, AB 540 forms, and navigating the financial aid process.

For more information regarding financial support, visit: Financial Support

To view scholarships offered at the DREAM Center, visit: DREAM Center Scholarships


DREAM Project Fellowship

A year-long fellowship geared for undocumented students to prepare them to acquire professional development and personal growth.


  • Must be non-U.S. citizen & AB 540 eligible; NO work authorization required
  • UCI enrolled undergraduate and graduate students (including incoming students)
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled in min. 12 units during the fellowship year

For more information, visit: https://dream.uci.edu/dpf/


Scholars In Residence

Our Scholars-in-Residence (SIR) graduate mentors support first-generation undergraduate students affected by immigration policies by helping them navigate their academic journey and explore post-graduate education/career opportunities.

They offer mentorship with graduate school applications, research, and much more!

For more information and to book an appointment, visit: Scholars In Residence


Social Support

Looking to get involved? Want to make new friends?

See below for ways you can unleash your creativity and foster meaningful connections with other students who share your passions!


Our Liaisons & Campus Resources

We have maintained strong relationships with professional UCI staff and faculty, many of who have the expertise and experience to assist undocumented students.

See our Liaisons below:

See other Campus Resources below: