Key California Dream Act Dates


2013-14 school year

2013-14 year Dream Act Application can be submitted until June 30, 2014. Check with your campus to see if they are still accepting applications.


2014-15 school year

January 6, 2014

2014-15 CA Dream Act application opens


March 02, 2014

This is the 2014-15 priority filing deadline for most state funded colleges and universities and the absolute deadline for submission of your Dream Act Application and school certified GPA for the Cal Grant program.


After March 02, 2014

Many colleges accept the Dream Act Application throughout the year. Check with your campus Financial AId Office.



California Dream Act
10 Things You Need To Know

  • Who qualifies?
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    The California Dream Act allows certain students who meet the requirements below to apply for and receive state financial aid at California public and private colleges and private scholarships administered by California public colleges.
  • California Dream Act Application information
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    California Dream Act Application information is not shared with federal databases. Student and parent information is protected by the same privacy and information security laws and safeguards as all other state financial aid applicants.
  • Assembly Bill (AB) 540 qualifications
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    • Attend a California high school for a minimum of three years
    • Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)
    • Enroll in an accredited and qualified California college or university; and,
    • If applicable, fill out an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as eligible
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  • AB 540 students can apply
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    AB 540 students can apply for private scholarships aid administered by public and private colleges and universities. Check with your campus for program details and application information
  • When do I apply?
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    • Beginning January 2014, apply at www.dream.csac.ca.gov
    • California Community College Board of Governer's (BOG) fee waiver. Check with the college for required forms.
    • Cal Grants that can be used in the 2014-15 academic year. Both the Dream Act Application and your school certified GPA must be submitted by the Cal Grant March 2 deadline
    • Other state financial aid awarded by colleges and universities. Apply by the March 2 priority deadline.
    • Chafee Grants for foster youth and submit a Chafee application, www.csac.ca.gov
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  • After completing the California Dream Act Application
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    After completing the California Dream Act Application, check with your school on any other forms they may require
  • Cal Grants are free money for college
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    Cal Grants are free money for college that does not have to be paid back. Students may receive up to $12,192 annually for up to 4 years of college. Amount varies depending upon the college of attendance.
  • Cal Grant March 2 deadline
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    Submit a verified GPA form by the Cal Grant March 2 deadline. Check with your school about submitting your GPA form.
  • Get help applying at a Cash for College workshop
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    Get help applying at a Cash for college workshop. High school seniors could qualify for an extra $1,000 scholarship. Find workshop locations at www.calgrants.org
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
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    The recent federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) does not prevent students from applying for California Dream Act financial aid. California students who have applied for or received approval for Deferred Action should complete the Californoa Dream Act Application, not the Free Application for Federal Student AId (FAFSA). Learn more at www.uscis.gov, www.ecfc.org, or www.weownthedream.org




  California Dream Act Application

If you have already applied, you can login to retrieve your Dream Act Application, view your Confirmation Page to see if you need to make corrections or updates, or submit a parent signature. If your application is complete, contact your financial aid office for further details on your financial aid eligibility at that campus. If you applied for a Cal Grant and want to know about the status of your Cal Grant application, create a WebGrants4Students account at www.WebGrants4Students.org.




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