Hispanic Student Success

Hispanic Student Success

Hispanic students can succeed at California Community Colleges.

Access to financial aid. Being the first in your family to attend college. Undocumented status. These are barriers that discourage some Hispanic students from enrolling in college. At California Community Colleges, our goal is to offer support services, student organizations and programs to help Hispanic students complete college and enter a rewarding career. Read on to learn more and get connected to support.

Financial Aid

Money shouldn't get in the way of going to college and reaching your goals. Thankfully, financial aid is available to help cover college costs like tuition, textbooks, supplies—and sometimes even rent. To get started, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) to apply for financial aid year-round. No matter your financial situation, it's always free to apply and it opens the door to most types of financial aid.

There are many financial aid options available, including grants and work study, as well as scholarships specifically for Hispanic students. Use our locator tool to get contact information for your local college financial aid office to learn more. Here are just a few financial aid options:

GMiS STEM Scholarship
Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage or demonstrate high involvement in an underserved community. They must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a full-time STEM graduate or undergraduate degree.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent legal resident, or DACA-eligible. They must also be of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 2.5 GPA for high school students or a minimum 3.0 GPA for college and graduate students.

La Unidad Latina Foundation
Applicants must be of Latino/a heritage and enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program.

LULAC National Scholarship Fund
Hispanic students can qualify for various League of United Latin American Citizens awards. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong academic performance, leadership potential, and community involvement.

TheDream.Us National Scholarship
Applicants must be DACA- or TPS-certified. They must also be current U.S. high school or community college students, or recent graduates/GED recipients.

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship
Applicants must be women of Chicana or Latina heritage enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate program in one of 13 northern California counties.

The Gates Scholarship
A highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households.

Quest for Excellence: New Americans Award
Eligible applicants are immigrants or children of immigrants in their junior year of high school who demonstrate exceptional academic potential and plan to attend college after their senior year.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients of Hispanic heritage.

Associate Degree for Transfer

Start your college journey at a California community college and you can earn a guaranteed saved spot at participating California State Universities, online and private non-profit universities. You can enroll at a California community college and earn an Associate Degree for Transfer, then continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree at a four-year university. Get started today. 

Career Education

Affordable, local and convenient. With over 200 hands-on career training programs, you can enroll in a Career Education program that fits into your busy schedule.  

On-Campus Organizations

Joining an organization or club is an unforgettable part of the college experience and can make campus life easier. Take a look at some below and check with your local college for a full list of their organizations.

Puente Club
Promoting Hispanic cultural awareness and the mission of the Puente Project.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE is the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field.

Tutoring Services:
Free online and in-person tutoring is offered to all Hispanic California community colleges students. Tutors are fellow students who want to help you succeed. Writing, math, English language skills, you name it—there’s a tutor for it. Check your local campus for tutors and skills workshops.

Undocumented Student Resources

California community colleges believes every Hispanic student deserves the right to higher education—regardless of immigration status. Most California community colleges have undocumented student success centers. Check with your local school and learn about some of the resources below.

California Department of Social Services/DACA Support
California Department of Social Services funds programs and provides community education that helps immigrants living in California, including DACA students.

Immigration Legal Resource Center
Immigration Legal Resource Center works with immigrants, community organizations and the legal sector to help build a society that values diversity and rights.

Supporting Undocumented Students
California community colleges offer numerous services to undocumented students including students with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permit and those without one

Undocumented Student Resource Centers
Check our locator tool to find if your local campus has an Undocumented Student Resource Center.

Food and Housing

Food or housing insecurity should never keep you from a college education. Eleven California community college campuses offer student housing to our AAPI students, and free money is available for groceries through the CalFresh program.

On-Campus Housing
Some California community colleges offer on-campus housing options. Take the next step and see if on-campus housing is available near you.

Free Money for Groceries
Many California community college students are eligible for CalFresh, a program that helps them buy food and eat healthier. CalFresh benefits are not income and don’t impact your taxes or financial aid. Find out if you qualify today.

Notable Hispanic Alumni

Join a Distinguished List
A California Community Colleges education can open you up to extraordinary things, just as it did for some of our most notable Hispanic alumni.

Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor of Los Angeles - Los Angeles City College

Dolores Huerta
Co-founder, United Farm Workers - San Joaquin Delta College

Frank Cruz
Co-founder of Telemundo - East Los Angeles College

Make your mark. Enroll today.