The California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students to receive California State sponsored financial aid. Authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), it became law in 2011 through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131. Both pieces of legislation enable students who qualify under AB 540 and AB 2000 (see that section) to be eligible for certain types of state financial aid. Students may be eligible for CSU scholarships and grants, Cal Grants, Chafee Foster Youth Grants and other state financial aid.
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.
Students will need to complete the California Dream Application every year to determine continuing eligibility for state and institutional aid. The annual deadline to submit is March 2nd each year.
The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB 131. AB 540 requires that state colleges and universities keep student information confidential. A student's immigration status cannot and will not be reported to immigration officials or any other third party.
Students of Cal State East Bay should also complete and submit the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form in order to begin a review of eligibility.
To qualify for in-state tuition fees students must meet certain eligibility requirements. This does not grant residency status; rather, it simply exempts a student from paying non-resident tuition fees. Non-resident students will continue to be classified as a non-residents.
To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:
For information about how and when to submit the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form, contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DACA is a program of the Department of Homeland Security that was created under President Obama. It temporarily suspends the deportation of some unauthorized individuals living in the United States. DACA was announced on June 15, 2012. Students who are granted DACA status may be employed legally in the US for up to two years (if they demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment”). If a student receives a work authorization permit through DACA, they will also receive a temporary Social Security Number for work purposes.
If you are thinking about applying for DACA, make sure to get the information you need before submitting an application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you have additional questions, send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
Please note: DACA has no effect on eligibility for AB 540 classification or financial aid.
THE US CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICE (USCIS) IS NOT TAKING APPLICATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Any applications to USCIS will be rejected without refund.
Advance Parole is a travel document that some individuals can apply for while in the United States before traveling, that gives qualified individuals advance permission to enter back into the United States
DACAmented individuals can apply from within the US to travel abroad for certain purposes:
For more information visit US Citizenship and Immigration Services website to find the Application for Travel Document.