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?
Undocumented 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 FAFSA
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?
California College Promise Grant Eligibility (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver)
Cal Grant Eligibility
Be enrolled at least half-time
High School GPA required (Entitlement)
Can apply for the Cal Grant through
To complete California Dream Act Application click here.