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Dream Act

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

You are a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:  
  • Attended a California high school for at least three years; 
  • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam; 
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college; 
 AND 
  •  If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are 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.

Available Types of Aid: 

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

What is it? Type of application required
Board of Governors
(BOG)
Fee Waiver
Apply now for current year and annually thereafter
Financial Aid Office
Waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students
California Dream Application*,
or BOG Fee Waiver Form
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 January 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 January 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 January 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**
Chafee Grant Apply as soon as possible each year (applications open in January; 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?

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: 
Dream Act FAQs
About Financial Aid 

Resources for Community College Financial Aid Offices: 
Dream Act FAQs

California Dream Act of 2011 - Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131)

California Community College Dream Act Flyers (English) (Spanish)

California Community College Customizable Dream Act Flyers (English) (Spanish


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