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CCC Undocumented Student Resources

City Colleges seeks to foster a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of immigration status. Numerous initiatives, both within the institution and in partnership with immigrant-serving allies, work to ensure City Colleges of Chicago responds to new immigration policies affecting our students so they may be prepared to pursue their life’s goals.                                                                                                         
If you have questions about resources for undocumented students at City Colleges of Chicago, we recommend first reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions for Undocumented Students​También puedes ver estas preguntas en Espanol.                           
City Colleges of Chicago is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students. We embrace the wonderful diversity of our student body. We encourage all of our staff, faculty, and students to review the resource guide of the National Immigrant Justice Center​ as part of an education campaign to Know Your Rights.        

ICE Guidance 
Our students' health and safety is our primary concern. Here you will find a document ​developed by the City of Chicago, Department of Law, that outlines how City Colleges should handle an ICE visit to our facilities, should that occur.


Those in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 1(855) HELP-MY-FAMILY, 1(855) 435-7693 or

​Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, enables many of our students to move forward with their college and career pathways; we will continue to support all of our students as they pursue their life goals. DACA recipients residing in Chicago can contact the National Immigrant Justice Center​ ​for free legal assistance.                                                  
The Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center's legal hotline is available to anyone who has questions about DACA: 312-660-1370                                          

Please refer to NIJC's DACA Community Advisory​ on 4/25/2018 in English and Spanish and the DACA Community Advisory infographic in English​ and Spanish​.         
Additionally, the network of community-based organizations comprising the Chicago Legal Protection Fund are working with all seven City Colleges and facilitating trainings and information sessions at the college.                      

Please consult the Know Your Rights flyer in English and Spanish                  
Review the NIJC intake schedule​ for appointment information                     

​Paying for College

Undocumented students looking for ways to finance their education have multiple options. They can:                                                                                                           
  • Visit the Financial Aid Office at his or her college to discuss possible options. 
  • Find scholarships offered through the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation 
  • Apply for the Chicago Star Scholarship -- which offers qualifying students up to three years of education to pursue an associate degree at no cost, offering full tuition and book waivers. Undocumented students are eligible for the Chicago Star Scholarship.​​​​​
For more information on City of Chicago resources, please see the Chicago Is With You flyer from the Mayor's Office of New Americans. This information is also available in Spanish, Hindi, Polish, Mandarin, and Arabic​​.

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Immigration Resources

Know Your Rights​                                                   
Low-Cost Legal Service Providers​
National Immigrant Justice Center: English or Español​​​​​        


Know your Rights​
Local Referrals​     
Renewal Appointments
Community Advisory #1
Community Advisory #2​
DACA Sessions for 2018​
National Immigration Justice Center FAQ            

Academic Resources

Learn English
Prepare for work or college​​
Transfer Resources​​​                                      
Foreign Transcript Evaluation​                                       
Dual Enrollment ​for high school students​

Paying for College

Financial Aid Guidance: English or Español
Available CCC Scholarships​
Star Scholarship​ for qualified CPS students

Student Services

Wellness Center                                                  ​         ​