Undocumented Student Services

LMU Students walking by the Von Der Ahe building as the sun sets.

Loyola Marymount University is committed to the legacy of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Our mission — the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice — commits us to providing accurate information and resources for current and prospective undocumented students, their families and allies.

Included is information regarding undocumented students’ access to higher education, safe spaces, enrollment at LMU and more. The Student Affairs Dean’s Office created a resource that is welcoming, inviting and useful to not only undocumented students, but families, friends, allies and the entire LMU community.

  • Undocumented Student: “Undocumented” refers to students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, who do not hold a visa to reside in the U.S., and who have not applied for legal residency in the U.S. In many, but not all, cases the term non-citizen refers to undocumented students. Undocumented students are eligible to apply for and be admitted to LMU. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Unauthorized: This term has been used as a synonym for undocumented, however this term is used to highlight the fact that all peoples have documents (i.e. birth certificate, a form of identification card, and so forth), but that they are residing in the U.S. without legal authorization, thus unauthorized.

    Legal Citizenship: Is obtained by individuals who are residing in the U.S. legally due to the attainment of permanent residency or citizenship through a visa or green card. These individuals obtain a social security number (SSN).

    Non-Citizen: The non-citizen category applies to students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States and who do not hold a valid visa or who are not seeking a visa for study or documentation for residency in the U.S.

    Overstayed Visa: Refers to individuals who have stayed in the U.S. after their tourist, visitor, or student visa has expired and thus they become undocumented by overstaying their visa.

    International Student: LMU considers any student who currently holds a visa of any type or is seeking a visa to be international. Undocumented students are not viewed as international applicants because many do not qualify for a visa. In addition, undocumented students do not have to go through the international admission process 

    Residency Status: Refers to in-state or out-of-state residency for purposes of tuition assessment. Normally, residents of the state of California are assessed in-state tuition, and all other students are assessed out-of-state tuition. For LMU and other private institutions, however, tuition is the same for residents and non-U.S. citizens/non-residents. 

    DREAM Act: The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a piece of legislation proposed to provide a pathway to permanent residency and U.S. citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrant students. The DREAM Act has been proposed several times in Congress but has not been approved.  Please see National DREAM Act section for more information.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): A policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program began on August 15, 2012.  Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS. It can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship.  And, it can be revoked at any time. 

    DREAMers: DREAMers refers to students who are undocumented and are also part of the DREAM Act movement. DREAMer is a term commonly used by students who connect with the DREAM Act movement, and sometimes used as a way to navigate away from the negative connotations given to terms such as undocumented, immigrant, non-U.S. citizen, and so forth. 

    AB 540: California law that allows some nonresident and undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and fees. To be eligible for AB 540, students must:

    Have attended a California high school for at least three years; Have graduated (or will graduate) from a high school in California or received a GED or passed California High School Proficiency Exam; Have signed the California Nonresident Exemption Request, which states that the student meets all the requirements to qualify for AB 540 status and, if s/he is undocumented, is in the process of adjusting their immigration status, or will do so as soon as they are eligible; Not possess a non-immigrant visa.

    SB 1159: requires all 40 licensing boards under the California Department of Consumer Affairs to consider applicants regardless of immigration status by 2016.

    Mixed Status Family: Mixed Status family refers to students that either are, 1) undocumented, but have family members that are U.S. residents or U.S. citizens and/or 2) are U.S. residents or a U.S. citizen, but have family members that are undocumented. In this case it is important to know because it may affect the way a student fills out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

    Dropping the I-Word: "Illegals" is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status. The I-word is shorthand for "illegal alien," "illegal immigrant" and other harmful terms. The Applied Research Center (ARC) and Colorlines.com, have presented the Drop The I-Word campaign to eradicate the slur "illegals" from everyday use and public discourse.

    Definitions developed with assistance from Loyola University Chicago.

  • Counseling Resources

    Archdiocese of Los Angeles
    3424 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241
    (213) 637 7000

    Mission City Community Network – Inglewood/Hardy
    501 East Hardy Street
    Suite 110
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    (310) 672-2085

    St. Joseph’s Center
    404 Lincoln Blvd.
    Venice, CA 90291
    (310) 399-6878 

    Pacific Clinics
    8616 La Tijera Blvd, Ste 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    (213) 639-0299

    Pacific Asian Counseling Services
    8616 La Tijera Blvd, Ste 200
    Los Angeles, CA 9045
    (310) 337-1550 

    Didi Hirsch-Mar Vista
    12420 Venice Blvd. Ste 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310) 751-1200

    Medical Resources

    South Bay Family Health Care
    1091 South La Brea Ave.
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    Konza Mitchell, Clinic Services Manager
    (310) 330-2960

    Vasek Polak Health Clinic
    13355 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    New Care Clinic 
    8740 S. Sepulveda Blvd Suite 160
    Los Angeles, CA 90045 

    Hawthorne Morningside Medical Clinic
    12954 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250 

    Legal Resources

    Immigrant Resource Center

    MALDEF: Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice

    Coalition of African Refugees & Immigrants

    CHIRLA: Coalition for Human Immigration Rights of Los Angeles

    CARECEN: Central American Resource Center

    UC Undocumented Legal Services Center

    If DACA Ends...

    What to do if ICE comes to your door

    KYR: What to do if Immigration comes to your workplace

    KYR: What to do if Immigration or the Police stop you while driving

    #DACARescinded: 7 Things You Need to Know

    Here To Stay

    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • On-Campus Organizations

    The following student-led organizations embody social justice and have actively worked towards the betterment of immigrant communities on this campus.

    MEChA de LMU

    RESILIENCE

    Latino Student Union 

    Black Student Union

    Gender-Sexuality Alliance

    Off-Campus Resources

    CHIRLA: Coalition for Human Immigration Rights of Los Angeles

    MALDEF: Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Immigrant Resource Center

    CARECEN: Central American Resource Center

    Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice

    Coalition of African Refugees & Immigrants

  • Below are links and resources for faculty and staff of LMU to utilize when working, advising and interacting with students. This is meant to provide appropriate knowledge, ease confusion and ensure our students are met with compassion, grace and humanity.

    If you as a faculty or staff member feel unequipped to successful support a student through conversations regarding legal status, emotional wellbeing and identity, please refer them to the Dean of Students office via phone, email or the Student Affairs Dean’s Office Care Report via MyLMU.

    Department of Education [PDF]

    Department of Public Safety Immigration FAQs