Students at the M.J.C. East Campus

Get Started at MJC

Step 1: Apply Online
Step 2: Set up your MJC Email 
Step 3: College Orientation 
Step 4: Assessment Testing 
Step 5: Education Plan
Step 6: Official Transcripts
Step 7: Apply for Financial Aid
Step 8: Register for Classes
Step 9: Pay Fees

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Contact the friendly Admissions Office staff if you have questions about adding or dropping classes, or filing for pass/no pass.

The Assessment Testing Office administers tests to help you select appropriate courses or satisfy pre-requisites.

International students should start by visiting our Information for International Students.

Modesto Junior College

Undocumented Students

Our college is proud to address your needs as an undocumented student (Dreamer) as we work with you to provide resources, a safe environment in which to share your experiences, and the information needed to reach your personal goals. We are proud to serve undocumented students because we believe in upholding student equity as we support you and your goals.

The Definition of an Undocumented Student

An undocumented student is a foreign national who: (1) entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or (2) entered legally as a non immigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United States without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).

Most college-bound undocumented students:

  • have lived in the United States most of their lives
  • have been brought to the United States by their parents at a young age
  • have learned English
  • have attended elementary, middle, and high school in the United States
  • have excelled academically in high school and want to pursue a college education
  • currently lack a way to become legal residents or citizens in the United States

The Undocumented Population

  • 11.3 million undocumented immigrants of all ages living in the United States
  • 2.1 million undocumented students in the United States potentially eligible for most recently proposed federal DREAM ACT (S. 729 in the 111th Congress) 
  • 1.1 million Undocumented children under the age of 18 living in the United States
  • It is estimated that about 200,000 to 225,000 undocumented immigrants are enrolled in college.
  • 65,000 Undocumented students who have lived in the United States

California is the state with the largest number of undocumented immigrants (2.6MM). They represent 25% of all undocumented immigrants nationwide and 6.8% of the total CA population. About 553,000 undocumented students would be eligible for the most recently proposed DREAM ACT in CA.

*Sources for these statistics include the Migration Policy Institute, the Pew Hispanic Center, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the Urban Institute.

Challenges that Undocumented Students Face in Pursuing a College Education

Financial Obstacles

The primary obstacle for a college-bound undocumented student is financial. Based on current government policies, undocumented students cannot qualify for federal and most state-based financial aid, including grants, work study jobs, or loan programs. The cost of full-time enrollment as a college student ranges from $15,000 - $40,000 per year. Without financial aid, the costs of attending a college can often be prohibitive for undocumented students and their families. This has somewhat changed for those undocumented students who qualify for DACA, AB540 and the Cal Dream Act.