California Dream Act
What is the California Dream Act of 2011?
Assembly Bills 130 & 131, known as the California Dream Act of 2011, are laws that increase
access to financial aid for undocumented students who attend a public university, community
college or private college in California. In order to qualify, students must meet the requirements
of AB 540 and not be eligible to apply for the FAFSA.
AB 130 allows eligible AB 540 students to apply for and receive scholarships derived from nonstate
funds at all California public colleges and universities. These include scholarships funded
through private donors, alumni contributions and individual departmental efforts. For scholarship opportunities please visit our scholarship information page.
AB 131 allows eligible AB 540 students to access state-funded financial aid programs such as
Cal Grants, university grants and Board of Governor’s Fee Waivers. The California Student Aid
Commission (CSAC) developed the California Dream Act Application to determine the financial need of students who are not citizens, legal permanent
residents or eligible non-citizens. Students may complete a Dream Act Application online at
www.caldreamact.org in order to determine eligibility to receive state financial aid.
The priority deadline for submitting the application to determine financial need for each
academic year is from January 1 to March 2. You may continue to apply after this point for the
Board of Governors Fee Waiver only.
How to Apply
Complete the CA Dream Act Application at www.caldreamact.org every year before March 2nd. Submit an AB 540 form to Admission and Records if you are not AB 540 yet and meet requirements.
Allow two weeks for processing and be sure to check your WebAdvisor and MyCOD email for more information.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their residency status with the Admissions and Records office is AB540. For additional information on residency please contact the Admissions and Records office.
Frequently asked questions(FAQ)
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