Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a citizen to be admitted to Moorpark College?
No, citizenship status is not a requirement for admission. However, California residency or AB 540/AB 2000 eligibility is required for in-state tuition. You can visit the Admissions and Records office website to determine your Residency Status. You may also utilize the California In-State Tuition Tool from Immigrants Rising to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition.
When completing the Moorpark College application on OpenCCC, how do I fill out the Social Security Question?
When completing the Moorpark College online application for admission, you will be asked to provide your citizenship status information.
If you identify as a DACA recipient, use your DACA Social Security Number, and under the citizenship section select “other.” For visa type, select “other.” Then, enter the date your DACA was issued and the expiration date.
If you do not have any legal documents, under the citizenship section select “other.” Then, under visa type, select "other" or “no documents."
How do I apply for AB 540/AB 2000 status to pay for in-state tuition?
If you identify as a DACA recipient, you can potentially be reclassified as a CA Resident. Download, read, fill out, gather the documents requested and submit the Residency Reclassification Request to the Admissions & Records office from your @my.vcccd.edu email to Kelly Little, our AB 540 liaison in Admissions and Records, to firstname.lastname@example.org. As mentioned, you will require supporting documentation and should only be submitted if you meet all of the following criteria:
You currently hold an immigration status (like DACA) that is eligible to establish California Residency and you have had (or applied for) that status at least 366 days prior to the start of the term.
You have been physically present in California with the intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose at least a year day prior to the start of the term.
If you don’t meet the above-mentioned criteria, you may still be eligible to have your non-resident tuition waived. Download, read, fill out, gather the documents requested and submit the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request: AB540 Affidavit to the Admissions & Records office from your @my.vcccd.edu email to Kelly Little, our AB 540 liaison in Admissions and Records, to email@example.com. Submit the form along with a picture/scan/PDF of your high school transcript.
What do I do if I am classified as an undocumented student and my immigration status changes?
If you or your family have taken steps to obtain or legalize your status (e.g. permanent resident, asylum, family unity program, etc.), you may also apply for in-state tuition fees under California. Through this process you would then be eligible for state aid, provided you meet any additional requirements set forth by those programs.
What is ITIN?
The ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is a tax processing number, issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for certain resident and non-resident aliens, their spouses, and their dependents. It's a nine-digit number beginning with the number “9” and is formatted like a SSN (example: 9XX-XX-XXXX). For more information visit the IRS website.
Can I apply for financial aid?
Some students who are undocumented and come from mixed status families are eligible for state tuition through the California Dream Act. Students who are undocumented and come from mixed status families are not eligible for federal financial aid through FAFSA. If you meet the criteria for AB540/AB2000 and have had your non-resident tuition waived, apply for financial aid by submitting the CA Dream Act Application online.
For assistance filling out the CA Dream Act Application, you can register for a Financial Aid Workshop by creating an account on Moorpark College’s Financial Aid Counseling Center. For other ways to pay for college, visit the Financial Aid Office website. You contact Greg Balam, our AB540 liaison over at Financial Aid, and make an appointment appointment or call him at (805) 553-4709.
Are undocumented students eligible for scholarships?
Students who are undocumented and come from mixed status families are eligible for scholarships as long as they meet the scholarship criteria. Some college scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, or financial need, or other criteria. There are many private organizations that award scholarships based upon a variety of criteria. You can also visit our scholarship tab for scholarship opportunities.
Does my current immigration status limit my choice of certificates at Moorpark?
There may be some degrees and certificates that will require additional licensure and certification requirements, such as Nursing. It is important for students to be aware of the requirements prior to choosing a degree or certificate program. Meet with an academic counselor to get help choosing your courses and solidifying your educational plan. Visit the Counseling Office’s website to get in contact with a counselor. We encourage all students to schedule at least one Counseling appointment per semester.
If you want to further discuss your career options, please contact Cristina Garcia, our AB 540 liaison in the Career Transfer Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of documentation do I need to get a Moorpark College student ID card?
Currently registered students can purchase a Moorpark College ID online via their MyVCCCD portal. Just log in to my.vcccd.edu, click on the "Register / Pay" tab, navigate to the "Payment and Payment Plans" window, and click on the link that says "Purchase Student Photo ID." Students who prefer to purchase their ID cards while on campus can visit the Student Business Office to do so. Check out the Student Business Office's webpage for its hours of operation and contact information.
After you have paid for the ID, bring your receipt (printed either from your MyVCCCD portal or from the Student Business Office) to the Student Activities Office to have your photo taken and your ID card printed on the spot. The Student Activities Office is in the Campus Center, across from the Bookstore.
An ID card purchased for use for only one semester is $10, and an ID card purchased for use over the entire academic year is $15.