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?
Undocumented 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?
California College Promise Grant Eligibility (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver)
Cal Grant Eligibility
Be enrolled at least half-time
High School GPA required (Entitlement)
Can apply for the Cal Grant through
To complete AB 540 application Board of Governors Fee Waivers Application Click here.
To complete California Dream Act Application click here.