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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
  • EOP/EOPS
  • 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. 

HELPFUL LINKS:

Guide on how to complete the California DREAM Act application

List of frequently asked questions about the CA DREAM Act

MALDEF Scholarships for undocumented and DACAmented students

Center for Online Education