Dream Act

What is a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student?

Click here for the California Dream Act Application

You are a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all three of the following requirements:

1. Time and Coursework Requirements

Either:

Attend three full-time years or the equivalent at any combination of the following:
  • California high school
  • California adult school (including non-credit courses at a California community college)
  • California community college (maximum of two years of credit-bearing courses can count towards this requirement)

Or:

  • Complete three years of California high school coursework and three years total attendance at a California elementary school, California secondary school, or any combination of the two

2. Degree or Unit Requirements

Meet one of the following:

  • Graduate from a California high school (or attain the equivalent, such as a GED)
  • Attain an associate's degree from a California community college
  • Fulfill minimum transfer requirements from a California community college to a CSU or UC campus

3. File for Legal Immigration Status

  • If required, complete an affidavit indicating you have filed (or will file when eligible to do so) for legal immigration status

Please contact your college Admissions and Records office to determine if you are a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student. Take a look at the videos below for a quick review of important information on the application process and new deadlines for financial aid under the California Dream Act.


Available Types of Aid: 

Grant/
Scholarship
When to apply Who do I contact
 or 
where do
apply?

What is it? Type of application required
California College Promise Grant Apply now for current year and annually thereafter
Financial Aid Office
Waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students
California Dream Application*, or
California College
Promise Grant

Assistance from EOPS, CARE and CalWORKs
Apply now EOPS, CARE and CalWORKs 
Offices

Varies; may include services such as textbook 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
Application period is October 1 – March 2 annually for the following Fall term
Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission
Grant award covering tuition and education-related expenses for eligible students transferring to a baccalaureate degree granting institution
California Dream Application*, and GPA Verification 
Form**
Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B -Entitlement
Application period is October 1 – March 2 annually for the following Fall term Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible recent high school graduates
California Dream Application*, and GPA Verification 
Form**
Cal Grant C Application period is October 1 – March 2 annually for the following Fall term (number of awards are limited)
Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible students in occupational or
career technical programs
California Dream Application*,
Cal Grant C Supplemental
Application, and GPA Verification 
Form**
Student Success
Completion Grant
Apply between October 1 –  March 2 annually to receive the most aid possible Financial Aid Office Cal Grant recipients can get an additional $1,298 per year (enrolled in at least 12 units per semester) or up to $4,000 per year if enrolled in at least 15 units per semester California Dream Application*
Chafee Grant Apply as soon as possible each year (applications open in October; number of awards are limited) Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission Grant award covering education-related expenses for eligible foster youth
California Dream Application*, 
and Chafee Grant Application
Privately Funded 
Institutional 
Scholarships
Apply annually by deadlines 
–check with your college
Scholarship or Financial Aid Offices Helps pay for education related expenses Institutional 
application(s)

*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.

**Refer to the GPA verification information available on the California Dream Act website, at www.caldreamact.org, to help determine who needs to certify your GPA. If you have further questions, check with your financial aid office.

Where Do I Start?

Click here for the California Dream Act Application

Follow the steps below to get started on the road to fulfilling your college dreams!

  1. Find a California community college near you and explore the majors and course offerings. You can find the community college closest to you by using the College Locator.
  2. Complete the admissions process for the college you have selected to attend. 
  3. Apply for financial aid. For more information about the types of financial aid available to California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) students as a result of the California Dream Act, refer to the chart above. You can link to many of the required applications directly from the chart under the “Type of Application Required” column.   
  4. Meet with a college counselor to develop an education plan to help you achieve your goals. 

Dream Act Resources

Resources for Students and Families: 

California Dream Act Application

Dream Act FAQs

Types of Financial Aid 

Supporting Undocumented Students

California Dream Act Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131)

Dream Act Flyer (English) (Spanish)

Dream Act Poster (English) (Spanish)


What do I need to know if the DACA program ends?

Immigration Legal Resource Center

California Department of Social Services 


Financial Aid Office Locator

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