Note: The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does not affect AB540 or the CA Dream Act. Eligible students should still follow the application process described below.
CA DREAM ACT
The California DREAM Act is state financial aid for undocumented or DACA recipients who are pursuing a higher education.
Whether you want to go to a 4-year university or a community college, there is state financial aid available for you.
WHAT IS AB 540?
AB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid
To qualify as an AB 540 student you must have:
- 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, California State University or University of California; AND
- Complete an affidavit with the school you plan to attend.
Once you have determined if you are an AB 540 student, the next the step is to complete the California DREAM Act application:
You can begin your California DREAM Act application at anytime by visiting the California Student Aid Commission webpage.
If you need assistance completing the application, seek help from your high school or college counselor and the financial aid office at your school.
WHAT FINANCIAL AID CAN A DREAMER APPLY FOR?
- Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
- UC Grants, State University Grants
- California Community College (CCC) BOG Fee Waiver
- Some University scholarships
- Some private scholarships administered by campuses
Application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2
Note: The California DREAM Act is not an immigration status.