I'm an Undocumented Student

San Diego Mesa College welcomes undocumented students, parents, staff, faculty and community members. We are committed to maintaining a safe space for all students as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

Whether you want to earn your degree or certificate, transfer, or prepare for a rewarding career, Mesa is the place to make it happen. Follow these 10 steps to get started and begin your higher education journey at Mesa.

1. Submit an Online Application

Our online application is free and open year-round! Mesa uses CCCApply to provide you with a quick and easy way to apply to college.

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1.a. Complete the AB-540 form and email it to

1.b. San Diego Mesa Borderless Scholars supports undocumented, AB540, Dreamer, and DACA students. Please contact us at to learn about our events and resources.

2. Create and Login to your mySDCCD Portal

You will use your mySDCCD Portal to view your registration date, register for classes, and view important district information.

Create your account
*Note, you will need to wait for your application to process before creating a mySDCCD account. Applications can take up to 48 hours to process.

3. Apply for Financial Aid through the California Dream Act

Get help paying for college tuition and fees. Stop by the Mesa College Financial Aid Office (located in the Student Services Center, I4-107) or visit the financial aid webpage to learn more about how you can finance your education.

Discover your options

4. Complete the Online Orientation

Learn about our programs, support services, and registration process. We encourage all new students to complete the online orientation to get better acquainted with our campus. Once completed, send your email confirmation to the Assessment Office along with your Mesa Student I.D. number at

Access the Orientation

5. Take Your Math and English Placement Assessment

Assessment tests help determine which classes you should enroll in.

If you graduated from a US high school within the last 10 years you will receive your placement levels based on the information you provide in your application (CCCApply).

If you graduated more than 10 years ago, completed the GED, or HiSet exam, you are eligible to use the Placement Assistant to identify the courses you should enroll in.

Take the assessment

6. Attend a Pre-Registration Workshop (optional)

There are a variety of forms and petitions that you may need to access to address your academic needs. These include petitions for academic renewal, modifications of graduation requirements, exceptions to the course repetition policy, and more. Speak to a counselor to find the right form for you.

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Access SDCCD forms and petitions

7. Register for Classes

Register and pay for classes through your mySDCCD portal account. Access your portal to keep on top of important admissions dates and deadlines.

Learn how to register for classes

Setting Up Your Student Email

Once you register for classes, wait 24 hours, and then you can set up your student email. All important college messages will be sent to this email address.

Learn how to setup your student email

8. Prepare for Your First Day

Get ready to succeed at Mesa College! Purchase your class textbooks and parking permit (if applicable), and pick up your College Student ID card from the Admissions Office, on the first floor of the Student Services Center (I-400 building).

9. Find Support

Learn more about Mesa's programs and services designed to support undocumented students and those with mixed-status families. Utilize the Your Mesa Journey tool to find additional support that is tailored to your specific background and needs.

Access student support for Dreamers, AB 540, DACA recipients, and/or undocumented students

View all support services