Financial Resources

The California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented students to receive California State sponsored financial aid. Qualifying students can be eligible for certain types of state financial aid such as CSU scholarships and grants, Cal Grants, Chafee Foster Youth Grants and other state financial aid. Students must have an Ab540 Affidavit on file with the Admissions Department in order to qualify for State Aid. 

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. Funds, known as the California Dream Loan, are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

We also have some tips on applying for the California Dream Act.

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 your eligibility.

If you have a Dream Act Application on File, email the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if you are interested in applying for the Dream Loan

California Dream Loan Income-Based Repayment plan
The forms are now available online.

How to retrieve form:
Click on Download Forms
In the school name search bar type California State University (Dream Loans)
Select and click Continue
Click Show School Forms

ECSI will begin accepting the forms on February 27, 2020.  

All male students under the age of 26 (regardless of immigration status) MUST register with the Selective Service to remain eligible for financial aid. 

If you identified as a Male anywhere on your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application you MUST register with Selective Service.

If you have a Social Security Number (SSN) from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals register online here; if not,  register at a nearby US Post Office.

Scholarships that do not require a social security number, DACA, U.S. residency, or citizenship are available to undocumented students. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Note that many scholarships require a 'Financial Need' statement in place of a FAFSA/CADAA application. 

Cal State East Bay has partnered with CashCourse, a free online financial literacy resource for you to access with a wide variety of financial education and career planning resources. Visit CashCourse to register for a free account today, select Cal State East Bay, and get ready to start off on the next phase of your journey!


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Campus financial aid contact information
Financial Aid Office

Visit this link for their most updated hours of operation.

Email to request a one on one appointment with a counselor or ask your questions directly.

Or visit the Enrollment Information Center for general questions regarding Financial Aid

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

(510) 885-2784
(510) 885-2161 Fax
Enrollment Information Center

Hayward Campus:

Visit this link for their most updated hours of operation.

Located on the First floor of the Student Services and Administration Building on the Hayward Campus.

Concord Campus:

9:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday

(510) 885-2784
Pioneer Scholarships Apply online year round with a single application in the Pioneer Scholarships portal. (510) 885-2784