The California Dream Act
The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.
What are the AB540 requirements?
To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:
- The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years AND
- The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term. For example: the student must have passed the General Education Diploma (GED) or California High School Proficiency exam) AND
- A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. Complete and submit the affidavit to the Office of Admission.
What assistance is available to AB540 students?
AB130 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for non-state funded scholarships. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students visit the Scholarships web site.
AB 131 allows student who qualify under the AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant, and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. As such, eligible AB540 students at Cal State East Bay who complete the Dream Application will be considered for funding in Winter 2013.
CALIFORNIA DREAM LOANS
For 2015-16, eligible Dream Application filers may receive up to $4000 annually in California Dream Loan. Students enrolled at a California State University, like East Bay, or at a University of California may be eligible for these loans. The 2015-16 Dream Loan interest rate through June 30, 2016 is 4.29%. The California Dream Loan was designed specifically for California Dream students who are currently ineligible to borrow Federal Student Loans.
How do I apply?
Submit a Dream Application
To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131.
Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine continuing eligibility for state and institutional aid. Students should complete and submit to Cal State East Bay the AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) in order to begin a review of your eligibility.
For more information about AB540, visit the AB540 Program web site.