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)
- Participating in the Deferred Action program does not make one an
BOG Fee Waiver Eligibility
- Meet low income standards based on household
- A student can apply for the BOG through:
o The BOG application online or paper application found in the Financial Aid Office
o The Dream Act Application
o The FAFSA
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 2017-2018 click here.
To complete California Dream Act Application year 2018-2019 click here.