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Financial Aid

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Who Can Apply

  • Students who cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
  • Students who attended at least three full years in a California public or private high school, and
  • Students who graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the college term, for example a High School Equivalency Certificate from the California GED Office or Certificate of Proficiency resulting from the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), and
  • Students who, if they are without lawful immigration status, have or will file an affidavit with the college or university they are attending stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This affidavit is filed with the college they attend.

The CA Dream Act Application Process

Dream Act Application: Deadline for priority consideration is March 2, 2014

  • The California Student Aid Commission’s Dream Act Application is used to determine the financial eligibility of students who meet the qualifications of AB 540, and who are without a valid immigration status.
  • The application collects basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB 131.
  • Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine eligibility.

Dream Act Documents