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What is the California Dream Act?

The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:

  • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships

CLICK HERE for more videos about the Dream Act

What is an AB 540 student?

You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college;
    AND
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Please contact Admissions Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible.

Dream Application Web site

Instructions for completing the California Dream Act Application

Questions? PDF

How to submit your signature and your parents' signature PDF

Scholarships That Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency - PDF

 

I Have Applied for a Cal Grant - What is Next?

Please watch this informative Webinar from the California Student Aid Commission.

 

 

Available Types of Aid:

Several types of state and institutional aid are available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act.

Check out the chart below for additional information, eligibility and application timing.

Grant/Scholarship
Eligible to Apply
Who do I contact, or where do I apply?
What is it?
Type of Application Required

Privately Funded Institutional Scholarships
Beginning January 1, 2012
Scholarship or Financial Aid offices
Helps pay for education-related expenses
Institutional application(s)

Board of Governors Fee Waiver

Beginning Fall 2012 for terms starting on or after January 1, 2013
Financial Aid office
Waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students
BOG Fee Waiver Form or California Dream Application*

Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
Beginning Fall 2012 for terms starting on or after January 1, 2013
EOPS/CARE or CalWORKs offices
Varies; may include services such as tutoring, book vouchers or other types of financial aid for those who meet specific eligibility requirements
Institutional application(s)

Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B
Community College Transfer Entitlement

January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term
Financial Aid Office, or California Student Aid Commission
Grant award covering tuition and education-related expenses when transferring to an eligible Baccalaureate degree granting institution.
California Dream Application* and GPA Verification Form

Cal Grant B -Entitlement

January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term
Financial Aid Office, or California Student Aid Commission
Grant award covering education-related expenses for recent high school graduates
California Dream Application* and GPA Verification Form

Cal Grant C
January 1 – March 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 term
Financial Aid Office, or California Student Aid Commission
Grant award covering education-related expenses for occupational or career technical programs.
California Dream Application*, Cal Grant C Supplemental Application and High School or Community College GPA Verification Form

Chafee Grant
Apply as soon as possible (awards are limited)
College Financial Aid office or the California Student Aid Commission
Grant award covering education-related expenses for foster youth
California Dream Application* and Chafee Grant Application

* To apply for any or all of the financial aid programs requiring the California Dream Application, you only need to complete and submit ONE application.

 

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Room 1650 (second floor)
Tel: 925.424.1580
Fax: 925.449.6038
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