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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
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;
- 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.
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.
Board of Governors Fee Waiver
Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
Services offered varies; may include services such as tutoring, book vouchers or other
types of financial aid for those who meet specific eligibility requirements
See department for Institutional application.
Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B
Community College Transfer Entitlement
January 1 – March 2
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
Cal Grant C
January 1 – March 2
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
* 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.
Monday: 9am - 3pm
Tuesday: 9am - 3pm & 5pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 1pm
Thursday: 9am - 3pm
Friday: Closed for Processing
Federal School Code:
We have an after-hours DROPBOX located in the hallway between the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices, for your convenience.