California Dream Act and Dream Application

California Dream Act and Dream
Financial Aid Office
November 2013
The California Dream Act
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 law to apply for
and receive private scholarships funneled through public
universities (AB 130), state-administered financial aid, university
grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131).
AB 540
The Assembly Bill 540 allows students meeting all of the
following criteria to pay the same tuition and fees as resident
students at California public colleges and universities.
 Have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years
 Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School
Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma(GED)
 Enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education
 In the case of students without legal immigration status, fill out an affidavit
stating that they have filed or will file an application to legalize their
immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so
AB 130 - Dream Act Part I
 Signed into law on July 25, 2011
 Becomes effective January 1, 2012
Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for &
receive private scholarships administered by the public
colleges and universities, including
 scholarships funded through private donors
 alumni contributions
 individual departmental efforts
AB 131 - Dream Act Part II
 Signed into law on October 8, 2011
 Becomes effective January 1, 2013
 Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to
Apply for & receive institutional grants like UC Grant, State University
Grant, Educational Opportunity Program and Services fee waivers
Apply for & receive Board of Governors fee waivers at the California
Community Colleges
Apply for & receive state financial aid, including Cal Grants and Chafee
Foster Youth Grants for use at eligible public and private institutions
General Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements
Be a California resident or
meet AB 540 requirements
Be a U.S. citizen, eligible noncitizen or meet AB 540
Meet Selective Service
Attend an eligible California
Not be in default on a federal
student loan
Not have earned a BA/BS
Maintain Satisfactory
Academic Progress
Not be incarcerated
Be enrolled at least half-time
Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOG)
BOG B: Have an expected family contribution or
EFC of zero (0); based on the income standards
BOG C: Have $1104 or more of unmet financial
Calculating Financial Aid Eligibility
for BOG C
In other words….
The California Dream Act Application
Apply online at :
PDF/paper application:
1.) Apply: Submit your application by November 25th, 2012
• Dream Act application is now available online at:
2.) Check with the Financial Aid Office by Nov. 30th
• BOG waiver
3.) Maintain your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
4.) Renew application every year by March 2nd
Important Dates
 Nov. 25th: Last date to submit the Dream Act application to
have a BOG in place before registration for Spring 2013 on
Dec. 3rd
 Nov. 5th-March 2nd: Apply for COD Scholarship
 March 2nd: deadline for FAFSA and GPA Verification Form (Cal
Federal Hope: Deferred Action
“On June 15th, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
announced that effective immediately, certain young people
who were brought to the United States as young children, do not
present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet
several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal
from the country or from entering into removal proceedings.”
For more information, please visit:
Contacts and Resources
 California Student Aid Commission:
 Leaders of Tomorrow:
(760) 335-6864 [email protected]
 Department of Homeland Security:
 Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF):
 California Dream Network:
 Alas Con Futuro Club:
Financial Aid Office Hours and Contact Info
Open Mon-Thurs, 9am to 6pm
and Friday 9am to 2pm
Telephone (760) 773-2532
Fax (760) 776-7338

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