Dream Act Fact Sheet
What is the California Dream Act?
The California Dream Act is a law
that allows students who are not California residents to receive State
financial aid if they meet the AB-540 criteria.
What is the AB-540 Criteria?
a CA high school for 3+ years
from a CA high school or the equivalent
in a public CA college or university
students must file an affidavit with the institution stating that he/she has
filed an application to legalize status or will file as soon as eligible. This is done when the school determines AB-540
status. If your residency status with
Admissions & records is AB-540, you have already filed the affidavit.
How does an AB-540 student apply for State financial aid?
- If the student is a US citizen or eligible
non-citizen but not CA resident – complete FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov
- If the student is not a US citizen or eligible
non-citizen – complete Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
Who is an eligible non-citizen?
- U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly
known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card")
- Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
BOG Fee Waiver Eligibility
- Participating in the Deferred Action program does not make one an
- Meet low income standards based on household
- A student can apply for the BOG through:
BOG application online or paper application found in the Financial Aid Office
o The Dream Act Application
Cal Grant Eligibility
- Meet Selective Service requirements
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Not owe a grant repayment or be in default on a
- Not have earned a BA/BS degree
- Attend an eligible California school
- Be enrolled at least half-time
- High School GPA required (Entitlement)
- Can apply for the Cal Grant through
Dream Act Application
To complete AB 540 application Board of Governors Fee Waivers Application Click here.To complete California Dream Act Application year 2016-2017 click here.