On July 16, 2021, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a ruling categorizing DACA as unlawful and, as a result, has partially ended the DACA program. This ruling is a result of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and joined by nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, S. Carolina, and West Virginia. 

DACA was deemed unlawful, and as such, new DACA applications will not be processed. Current DACA recipients are still eligible to renew applications. All protections afforded to current DACA recipients remain valid. It is important to note that is court decision is expected to be appealed. 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Cuesta College continues our commitment to our community, by supporting our DACAmented and undocumented students, staff, and faculty. Despite changes in DACA, our undocumented community deserves to feel safe and uplifted on our campus. As an institution, we reassert the importance of cultivating a campus that is deeply committed to welcoming and supporting members in our community. The Monarch Dream Center is a resource and we have services to support you. 

We are committed to provide a welcoming space where undocumented students and their families can feel safe, valued and supported. Our center facilitates access to Cuesta’s services as well as local and state resources to ensure the personal and academic success of the undocumented students and their families. 

Nuestro compromiso es proveer un lugar amigable a estudiantes indocumentados y sus familias donde puedan sentirse seguros, valorados y sobre todo apoyados. El centro facilitará acceso a servicios disponibles en Cuesta así como recursos de la comunidad y del estado de California para asegurar el éxito personal y académico de nuestros estudiantes indocumentados. 

The Monarch Dream Centers have gone virtual!

Although our offices are physically closed, we are open and available to help through email, phone and Zoom. We are committed to supporting you during these unknown and challenging times.

Aunque nuestras oficinas están físicamente cerradas, estamos abiertos y disponibles para ayudar por correo electrónico, teléfono y Zoom. Estamos comprometidos a apoyarlo durante estos tiempos desconocidos y desafiantes.

Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours: Monday- Thursday, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Spanish and English available.
Disponible en Español e Inglés.

For assistance or questions, please contact Estella Vazquez via email.

Emergency Funding Available

Cuesta has emergency funding available to help undocumented and mixed status students. Funding can be utilized to cover emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

12/04/2020: DACA Update

Source / Immigrants Rising

On Friday, December 4, 2020, a New York judge ordered the federal government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its original state.

UFW Foundation is now offering FREE legal services at Cuesta! 

Cuesta College and the UFW Foundation's accredited immigration attorneys have partnered to bring FREE immigration legal services to ALL students, staff and faculty. All consultations are completely confidential. 
Important Note: Appointments are over Zoom until further notice due to COVID-19.

Services Include: Virtual Appointments are available: Make an appointment today:
  • DACA Renewals
  • Naturalization Process
  • Family Petitions
  • Adjustment Status
  • Visas (U, T, Special Immigrant Juvenile) 
  • Immigration Consultations and more!
  • Every 3rd Tuesday
  • 1st and 4th Wednesday
  • 2nd Friday of the Month.

FERPA Release

To confirm student's identity via phone or in-person, should a student forget to bring photo identification, student's may complete a release authorization available in myCuesta. Students may also authorize a third party access to their student records.