SeniorsThe state of California is requiring all seniors to fill out their FAFSA or California Dream Act Application to be filled out online.
This is a reminder that the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is available for undocumented students who are applying, re-entering or already enrolled in a California college or university. Students are encouraged to complete an application before the March 2nd priority deadline.
The California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid, institutional scholarships, and to pay in-state tuition. It also gives students an opportunity to apply for the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) to perform community or volunteer service and be awarded up to $4,500 per academic year.
Who can apply for the California Dream Act?
Undocumented Students, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and U-Visa holders must meet the eligibility criteria under Assembly Bill 540 to apply for and receive California state financial aid. The California Dream Act allows students to receive state and institutional grants if they meet income guidelines, apply by the priority deadlines and complete all necessary paperwork on-time. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Please encourage undocumented students to apply as soon as possible, but before the March 2nd priority deadline, for financial aid with the California Dream Act Application.
The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.For comprehensive information about the California DREAM Act, including access to the application materials, important dates, and instructions, please visit http://www.caldreamact.orgThe California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. -Financial Aid
In order to be eligible for state financial aid through the CA Dream Act, men must provide proof of Selective Service registration as soon as they turn 17 yrs and 3 months old to the college or university they plan to attend. On the Selective Service website www.sss.gov under “Registration" and click on "Registration Now.”
Citizenship before 31
If you ever get the chance to become a citizen but didn’t register with Selective Service System before age 26, you can be ineligible to become a citizen until age 31. In other words, if you did not register for Selective Services and you have a chance to apply for citizenship after you age 26 you may have to wait until you are 31 to go through with that process. Not registering may delay your naturalization process.WHAT WILL I NEED TO FILL OUT A CADAA? To complete the CA Dream Act Application (CADAA), you will need:
- Your 2022 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned (if you or your parents have any) For more information if you or your return(s) have not been completed, see the instructions on the Dream Act Application
- Records of child support received or paid (if applicable)
- Current bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- Parents full legal name, date of birth and social security (if applicable)
- Parents date of marriage, divorce/separation (if applicable)
**Available October 1, 2023, apply early!If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s
Additional InformationAB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid.
Students must have
**If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you may be eligible for the California Dream Act.AB 1899 allows U and T visa holders to also apply for state financial aid. (T visa holders should file a FAFSA, U visa holders should file a CA Dream Act Application)If you meet the requirements above, you should complete the CA Dream Act Application for financial aid. (A certified GPA is also necessary for Cal Grant consideration.)Your college is responsible for verifying your AB 540 eligibility. Check with your Admissions Office early in the summer before the Fall Term starts.Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.
- Satisfaction of either of the following:
- High School attendance in California for three or more years.
- Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
- Graduated or will graduate from a California high school or obtained a Certificate or General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
- Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
- If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
- Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)**
CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.
- It is not the same as financial aid
- It does not grant lawful immigration status
- It does allow individuals to apply for an SSN and work authorization
Application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2.
- Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
- UC Grants, State University Grants
- California Community College (CCC) BOG Fee Waiver
- Some University scholarships
- Some private scholarships administered by campuses
Dreamer Cal Grants include
(Dreamers are not eligible to receive Competitive Cal Grants.)A Dreamer Cal Grant application = CA Dream Act Application + Non-SSN GPAYou can submit your GPA the following ways
- High School Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
- CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant A & B
- Cal Grant C
You must meet the application deadline and all applicable eligibility requirements to qualify for any financial aid listed above.Get help on your application at a Cash for College workshop in your area.
- Non-SSN - Best!
- SSN (with your DACA) – but you MUST make sure you include your DACA SSN on Question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application (may slow down processing of your application)