Pomona College is committed to welcoming undocumented students, and to providing needed support and resources on our campus.

The College also works on a national level to welcome undocumented and DACAmented students within higher education.

This ongoing work was accelerated last November as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came under threat. After the DACA program was rescinded in September 2017, the College offered additional support and legal resources to students.

Prospective Students

In admissions and financial aid, Pomona reviews applications from undocumented and DACAmented students who graduate from a U.S. high school by the same criteria as for all domestic students.

For more information regarding admissions, please email Admissions Officer Paola Reyes Noriega ’17 or call her at (909) 607-3741.

For questions about financial aid, please contact Director of Financial Aid Robin Thompson.

Legal Resources

Current Pomona students and alumni may contact the Sagehen Pro Bono immigration legal resources network (primarily composed of alumni) via email at any time for immigration issues or concerns that may arise. The Sagehen network is for current students, alumni and their immediate family members.

Current students may also contact the Sagehen network to arrange a consultation with a lawyer regarding legal representation resources in case of detention (including a signed G28 form). According to the current guidance from the Department of Homeland Security, DACA remains in effect for each DACAmented individual until their DACA approval expires.

Emergency Grants

Students may request funding related to immigration-related costs. Students may also apply for emergency funding for immigration-related fees for them, parents or close family members.

The College may provide up to $1,000 in legal support for immigration related cases. These requests are reviewed with our alumni lawyers who are part of a pro bono legal resource network for students, alumni, as well as students who are citizens or legal permanent residents but whose parents or siblings are undocumented.

On-Campus Resources

A variety of resources are available to undocumented and DACAmented students who need support:

Staff Support

Student affairs staff members provide support for undocumented students. In the Office of Student Leadership and Mentoring, Daniel Caballero serves as Assistant Director, First-Generation & Undocumented Student Programs and works closely with the IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success) Club of The Claremont Colleges as well as the Pomona IDEAS mentoring program for undocumented students and FLI (First-Generation, Low-Income Scholars Mentorship); Dean Ric Townes oversees the student leadership and mentoring program; Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships Sefa Aina; Assistant Director, Jose Ramirez; and Mike Manalo-Pedro, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian American Resource Center, provide additional program support.

Student Groups

Student-led groups such as IDEAS offer cross campus support for undocumented students and allies. The Pomona IDEAS peer mentoring program provides personalized support for undocumented students in their transition to Pomona.

Counseling Services

To supplement the resources of Monsour Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office also offers access to therapists off campus with whom the office and Monsour counseling have developed local partnerships, including therapists with expertise in working with undocumented students. On-campus as well as off-site counseling services are available for all students. Students can email wellness@pomona.edu  to find out more. Monsour counseling is also open for counseling appointments, and encourages students to contact them at (909) 621-8202 if they need to see a counselor immediately. Students can also contact the on-call dean 24/7 via Campus Safety (909-607-2000).

Career Development and Post-graduation Support

The Career Development Office (CDO) empowers students and alumni to utilize their liberal arts education to gain self-understanding, identify their interests, and formulate a career plan.  Through the programs, resources and services, the CDO strives to inspire, educate, and equip Sagehens for a purposeful and rewarding life.  The CDO offers three distinguished programs: The Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP Semester)Summer Experience (PCIP Summer Experience) and Campus Fellowships for Experiential Learning. These programs aid students in the process of exploring & determining a career path, gaining a rich understanding of a particular field and/or organization, building & growing their professional networks, and enhancing the understanding of how their liberal arts education will be applied in a professional work environment.

Financial Aid

Students may request funding through the Office of Financial Aid to replace a reasonable amount of the expected work study funding and/or the summer earnings contribution if a student is not able to work due to an expiring DACA work authorization or other extenuating circumstances. Students may submit the Work-Study Replacement Request [pdf] form to the Office of Financial Aid. We also welcome students to meet with their financial aid counselor at any time if they encounter financial challenges or if there are changing financial circumstances at home. Each student’s financial circumstances are different and we work individually with each student to address any changes if issues emerge.