Apply as an Undocumented Student
Welcome to Sierra College! We support undocumented students throughout their journey in education. You can enroll at Sierra College regardless of your immigration status. Follow these steps to apply and gain access to your college education.
Before you begin the application process, gather the following materials:
- Previous education information. Know the names and dates (month and year) of all high schools and colleges you’ve attended.
- Email address. This is where we’ll send follow-up information about your application. If you do not have one, create one before you apply. NOTE: To avoid delays, we recommend that you do not use a yahoo email account when completing your OpenCCC application.
Special CCCApply Instructions
Here is helpful information for Step 1 in the application process.
- A social security number is NOT NEEDED TO APPLY. If you have a DACA social security number or you have an ITIN, you may report it.
- If you don’t have a current valid immigration status, select “Other” and “No documents” on the Citizenship/Military section of the application.
- If applying for fall or summer before high school graduation, select a date when you will be graduating and respond “yes” to “Did you receive your High School diploma, GED, or certificate in California” question on the Education section of the application.
Steps to Apply
Follow these steps to apply, enroll and register for classes.
Step 1: Apply
Create an OpenCCC apply account and then complete the OpenCCC application (aplicar). The California Community College online application (OpenCCC) is designed for many student types, so some of the questions may not apply to you. If this happens, just give the best answer you can. Use the step-by-step guide or watch a video on how to complete the Sierra College online application through OpenCCC.
Step 2: Activate mySierra account
Once you’ve applied, you will receive an email with your login information to activate your mySierra account (your student portal). Once logged in, check your new mySierra email for updates. We’ll use this email to send updates moving forward. Then, start working on your “My Next Steps,” including accepting our Terms and Conditions. Need help with Sierra College technology? Contact Student Tech Support.
Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the California Dream Act application (CADAA). The CADAA opens Oct. 1 and must be completed by March 2 to qualify for California aid. Use the Sierra College Financial Aid CADAA Checklist or watch a video with step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
Once you receive your CADAA confirmation email, create a Web Grant Account.
Step 4: Submit AB 540 (AB 200, SB 68) CA Nonresident Tuition Exemption Forms and Transcripts
Submit the Affidavit for CA Community Colleges Petition with a copy of your official high school transcript to the Admissions and Records Office at Sierra College.
Note: Use the chat option on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to locate your specific Admissions and Records Technician based on the first letter of your last name. Email email@example.com to submit your affidavit to them.
Step 4 (alternate): Submit CA State Residency Reclassification Application
If you identify as a DACA recipient or your application for permanent residency has been accepted by USCIS, you can potentially be reclassified as a California Resident. Please read the California State Residency Requirements for Community Colleges. If you meet the qualifying criteria, gather all documents requested and submit the Residency Reclassification application.
Step 5: Complete Your CAP Session
Log in to Canvas. Then click on “CAP: Career and Academic Planning” on the Canvas Dashboard to start. You must complete the CAP Session to register for classes. This will help you make choices based on your career goal(s) and develop your first semester Educational Plan. Make sure you accept the college terms and conditions in mySierra and submit your transcripts before completing CAP.
Step 6: Schedule a Counseling Appointment
Once you’ve completed your CAP session, be sure to schedule an appointment with a counselor to make sure you’re on the right track to meet your academic and career goals.
Step 7: Register for Classes
Before you register for classes, you must make an appointment with your counselor to create your first semester MAP.
You’ll receive an email from mySierra around your time to register that will include FAQs, articles and short how-to videos about class registration, how to add/drop classes, join a waitlist, and more. Find the class times and locations that work for you using our Class Schedule.
Step 8: Pay for Classes
Your tuition is due when you register for classes. Learn more about our payment options. Check your mySierra account to make sure your payments are on-time and complete.
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There are so many ways we can support you through your time at Sierra College. Whether you'll need help in the classroom, with resources at home, or financially, our staff is here to make sure you succeed. Find out how we can help.