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Dream Act



Wha​​​​t is the California Dream Act?​

If you are an eligible AB 540 student (see below for who qualifies as an AB 540 student) the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is the way to apply for California state financial aid programs, including: 
  • California College Promise Grant (aka: BOG Fee Waiver)
  • Cal Grants 
  • Student Success Completion Grant
  • Chafee Grant (current and former foster youth)
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships​

​​ Need assistance filling out your Dream Act Application?

​​This guide provides step-by-step assistance​.

See our staff contact information here​.


Who qualifies as an AB 540 student?​
You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California high school, (or got a GED, or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam)
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college
    --  AND  --  
  • If required, you ​will submit an affidavit saying you have filed for legal immigration status (or will file when you are eligible to do so)

Please contact your college Admissions Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible.​​