Special Populations

If you’re living with a disability, are a current or former foster youth, are homeless, an undocumented resident, or if you’re facing other challenges along your path to reaching your higher educational and career goals, the California Community Colleges is here to help you.

The first step is learning about all the resources available to you and then accessing them. And there are plenty of available resources. For example, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, any discrimination on the basis of a person’s disability is prohibited. Not only can you not be denied access to the community college of your choice because of your disability, but we will provide any reasonable accommodations to meet your needs.

  • If you’re a veteran, you’re eligible to apply for the GI Bill, which will help cover the cost of your education. We also have invested heavily in building veterans service centers on campus, staffed with other veterans and specialized counselors and resources to get you to your goals.
  • Homeless students and students who are at risk of becoming homeless, also can access a variety of services, ranging from food pantries and free farmers markets to financial aid and vouchers.
  • Undocumented students, too, are welcome at our community colleges and can access a bevy of supportive services. In addition, the California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition.

Contact your campus to learn more about these and other services. The California Community Colleges is here for you.