​​​​​​​Outreach & Advocacy Services for IMmigrant Student Success (OASISS)

Outreach and Advocacy Services for Immigrant Student SuccessOASISS is a center designed to serve immigrant students in a safe space and with personnel that is sensitive, knowledgeable and experienced working with undocumented students.

Eight students posing for a photo, wearing brightly colored sashes​​

OASISS Purpose
Our purpose is to provide DREAMer and immigrant students with the necessary tools and information to succeed in pursuing a higher education and professional career.​

These services are available to all OASISS Students:

  • Bilingual Staff​ (English & Spanish)
  • Counseling (Academic, Career, and Personal)
  • *Financial Aid Assistance: BOGW, CA Dream Act application, scholarships (See tab below)
  • Tutoring - English/ESL and Math
  • Book Rentals
  • Lending Technology (laptops/calculators)
  • College resources/school materials
  • Immigration related Workshops
  • University field trips
  • Legal Clinics
  • Student Conferences - CSU Sacramento Keeping the Dream Alive, Latina Leadership Network Conference

Our Staff

Headshot of woman, Brenda Martinez, M.A.

Brenda Martinez, M.A.
OASISS Program Coordinator
  • I can help you with: 

    • Applying for financial aid and AB 540 applications 

    • Scholarships 

    • Community Referrals 

    • Organizing workshops you’d like to see 

    • Letters of recommendation

Man at computer deskAlejandro Ramos, M.A.                                              OASISS Counselor

  • I can help you with: 

    • Academic and Personal Counseling 

    • Education plans 

    • Letters of recommendation

Student Clubs

OASISS houses two student clubs for all students.

  • Cochitehual-li Club - Cochitlehuali-li means “dream” in Nahautl.
  • Latina Leadership Network - The mission of LLN is to provide mutual support, advocacy, and organization committed to providing effective opportunities to develop innovative approaches to increase the participation of s in leadership roles. It is also to promote and maintain “la cultura Latina.”

For more information, e-mail us at evc.oasiss@evc.edu!

Dreamers Support Network

This network consists of staff, faculty, students and community partners focused on enhancing support for our undocumented students as a community. Some items for discussion include:
  • Upcoming events and workshops
  • Policy Updates
  • Community events
  • General Announcements
To be added to the group list, send an e-mail to brenda.martinez@evc.edu

What is AB540?

Assembly Bill 540 is a California law that allows qualified students to pay in-state tuition at the State's institutions of higher education. AB540 does not grant State or Federal financial eligibility, and only provides an exemption to the requirements of paying non-resident tuition.

How Do I Know If I Qualify For AB540?​​


    • AB 540 Guidelines for Eligibility

      • Graduated with a California high school diploma or have the equivalent; and

      • attended a high school in California for three or more years; and

      • attained high school credit equivalent to three or more years of full time attendance;

      • or three or more years of high school coursework and attended a combination of California elementary, secondary, and high school for three years or more.

      • or attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and community college for the equivalent of three years or more.

      • or completed an associate's degree from a California Community College.

      • or completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California.

      • Must register or is currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California;

      • Must file or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;

      • Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (Non-immigrants, as defined by federal law, have been admitted to the United States temporarily and may have been granted one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TN, TD, V, TROV, NATO. ​

What Steps Do I Take To Determine If I Qualify For AB540?

Is AB540 The Same As Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

No.  DACA is not legislation.  DACA is a modified process in which Homeland Security allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who are eligible to received deferred action will not be removed from the United States during a specific period of time unless deferred action is terminated. If you received deferred action, you may be eligible for employment authorization.

What Is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):DACA is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that provides temporary relief from deportation (deferred action) and work authorization to certain young people brought to the United States as children—often called "DREAMers." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first launched the initiative in 2012, and since that time it has helped over 700,000 eligible young adults move into mainstream life in the United States, thereby improving their social and economic well-being.  To qualify under the original initiative, individuals must demonstrate that they:

    • Were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012;

    • Arrived in the United States before turning 16;

    • Continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;

    • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time of requesting deferred action from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);

    • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status expired on or before June 15, 2012;

    • Are either in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces; and

    • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors occurring on different dates and arising out of different acts, omissions, or schemes of misconduct, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Financial Aid Assistance?

  As of January 2013, AB​540 students are eligible to apply for California State financial aid such as the "Dream Act" (not FAFSA).  

AB130 & AB131. These laws allow AB540 eligible students to apply for:

    • ​​Institutional Financial Aid:   ​As of January 2013, AB540 students are eligible for State Financial Aid grants like Cal Grants and Chafee.  They are also eligible to for State funded programs like BOG fee waiver, EOP&S, CARE.  ​
    • Privately Funded Scholarships: EVC offers various general and major specific scholarships. Starting January 2013 AB540 students will also be able to apply for EVC scholarships that require BOG fee waiver eligibility.

What Are My Rights As An AB540 Student?

    • You cannot be denied admission to a California college or University based on your immigration status.

    • ​You are not required to pay out-of state, international, capital outlay, or penalty fees (which may be charged to out-of-state and/or international students) to enroll at a California college or university if you qualify for AB540.

    • ​You are not required to show proof of legal residency status or proof of application for legal residency status.

Taxes Information for Undocumented Students

 If you are planning on filing taxes this year, you can claim tuition paid to EVC or SJCC on your taxes for a student credit or deduction. If you cannot find your 1098-T form on MyWeb, please contact the District office at (408) 270-6424.

​Contact Us


(408)274-7900 ext 6079

E-mail: evc.oasiss@evc.edu

Brenda S. Martinez 
Program Coordinator 

408-274-7900 x6499

Student Services Center

 Room SC 214​​

Fall Hours:

Monday- Thursday

8:30am - 5:30pm




Turn in the application in SC-214 or e-mail it to evc.oasiss@evc.edu! There is no deadline and you can apply anytime.

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Legal Clinics Tuesdays Once a Month

September 24th

October 29th

November 26th

Time: 1-3pm

OASISS Office, Room SC-214

Sign up via phone or e-mail us at evc.oasiss@evc.edu!

  • Fall Events

    OASISS Orientation #2

    Wednesday, September 11th


    Acacia AF-164

    Know Your Rights Workshop

    Wednesday, October 9th


    Mishra Community Room

    Undocumented Student Week of Action

    October 14th-October 18th                  

    Evergreen Valley College

    CA Dream Act Drop Ins

    Tuesday, November 5th


    OASISS Office SC-214

    CSU Sacramento Keeping the Dream Alive Conference

    Monday, December 2nd

    CSU Sacramento

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