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Getting Financial Aid (CA Dream Act)

Getting Financial Aid (CA Dream Act)

Deadline to Apply: March 2

The California Dream Act (unrelated to DACA) allows some undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships. Passing the California Dream Act symbolizes a milestone victory for undocumented students and allies in California who organized and advocated for increased access to college. This represents a critical investment in undocumented students and in the future of California.

The types of aid included in the CA Dream Act are: Cal Grants, UC Grants, State University Grants, California College Promise Grant and EOP or EOPS grants. It also includes the Middle Class Scholarships and school-specific scholarships. The CA Dream Act can also give you access to Dreams Loans at the CSU or UC, even if you are undocumented. Click here for the aid you could be eligible for.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT?
Undocumented Students must meet the eligibility criteria for AB 540, AB 2000, SB 68 or U-Visa holders to apply for and receive California state financial aid. The California Dream Act allows students to receive state and institutional grants if they meet income guidelines, apply by the priority deadlines, and complete all necessary paperwork on-time.

Steps for Applying for the CA Dream Act (Source: Immigrants Rising)

 

STEPS TO APPLY

PHASE 1: APPLY FOR THE CA DREAM ACT. OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 2

1. Download and Review CA Act Application Checklist

2. Click here to start your CA Dream Act application (Make sure you also have completed your FAFSA!)

PHASE 2: APPLY FOR THE CAL GRANT. OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 2

1. Download Cal Grant Checklist

2. Start your Cal Grant Application

PHASE 3: CLAIM YOUR FINANCIAL AID. MARCH – MAY

Read Verifying Income for the CA Dream Act Application
After you submit your CA Dream Act application, a percentage of students will be required to complete income verification. You must answer all questions, which usually include household size, assets, information for tax filers and non-tax filers as well as specific requirements for dependent or independent students.

PHASE 4: USE YOUR FINANCIAL AID. MAY – SEPTEMBER

Read Selective Service and the California Dream Act
Men who are between the age of 18 and 25 years old, even undocumented individuals, must register for the selective service so your CA Dream Act aid is not put on hold. Register early and show proof of registration to your school to ensure you receive state financial aid.

 

Got Questions? See the chart below.

Questions on CA Dream Act and FAFSA