HEFAS at De Anza

HEFAS (Higher Education for AB 540 Students) is an institutional and educational program that provides free services, reduces financial stress and creates a safe space for all with an emphasis on undocumented and AB 540 students.

HEFAS bannerWe're dedicated to empowering students, building leaders, promoting social justice, and advocating for higher education. Our vision is to give students, parents, educators, and community members the tools to help undocumented students reach higher education regardless of the barriers that may exist.

Visit Us!

HEFAS has move to a new location! Come visit us in the East Cottage (ECOT-2), between the Flint Center and the California History Center. 

You can also email ab540hefas@gmail.com or phone 408.864.5559 or join us on Facebook!

2019 HEFAS Summit

summit posterEvery spring, HEFAS invites students, parents, educators and community members to a day-long summit conference. 

Topics include a wide-range of issues concerning the undocumented community such as the undocumented identity and ally support.

This year's event, held on June 7, focused on the theme: Embracing Humanity. 

HEFAS provides free services such as

  • Printing
  • Textbook and calculator rentals
  • Testing materials
  • Educational workshops

And easy access to

  • Scholarship and financial aid information
  • Computers
  • Counselors
  • Peer mentors and tutors
  • Information on legislation and policy issues

Read more about HEFAS in the La Voz News archives.

"My favorite thing about HEFAS is just knowing it exists, and that if I refer a student to HEFAS there will be a safe and supportive environment welcoming them! Also, the student interns are super friendly and personable; plus always down to support wider campus events."

- Melecia Navarro, De Anza alum and EOPS Program Coordinator

HEFAS students

HEFAS Volunteers

HEFAS is a great way to participate in social justice, civic engagement and leadership projects. Everyone is welcome! You don’t need to be undocumented to volunteer. What type of work are you hoping to do on campus? Are there any skills you'd like to develop during your time with us? How many hours can you dedicate to HEFAS? We’d like to know more about you so we can assign you to certain projects where you can learn, excel and, most of all, have fun!


Important Legislation

AB 540 allows qualifying undocumented students to have access to in-state tuition in public California colleges.

CA Dream Act consists of two bills:

  • AB 130 allows AB 540 qualifying students to apply to private institutional scholarships in public colleges and universities.
  • AB 131 allows AB 540 qualifying students to apply for the Board of Governor (BOG) Fee Waiver, Cal Grants, and other forms of institutional student aid.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants qualifying undocumented individuals protection from deportation and a two-year provisional work permit. 

Immigration Facts

  • 11.2 million undocumented immigrants of all ages live in the US

  • 1.8 million undocumented children under the age of 18 live in the US

  • 65,000 undocumented students graduate high school every year

  • Only 7,000-13,000 undocumented students enroll in college throughout the US

  • An estimated 3,000-5,000 undocumented students are enrolled in college in CA

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