California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program

Overview

California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program
Overview for Students

The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) encourages California Dream Act Application (CADAA) students with a Cal Grant B award to perform community or volunteer service.  The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester or up to $1,000 per quarter) to 2,500 eligible students. The grant will be available to the student for up to 8 semesters or up to 12 quarters while they have an active Cal Grant B award. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete any necessary verification for their Cal Grant B award.

CA Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program One Page Brochure

CA Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program Tri-fold Brochure

Eligible students must apply annually, attend a qualifying institution, have sufficient unmet financial need, and complete community or volunteer service hours in that academic year. Students shall perform at least 150 hours per semester or 100 hours per quarter of community or volunteer service. Students can volunteer with any of the organization(s) on the List of Service Organizations or with any organization not on the list if it meets the criteria for a qualifying service organization. Organizations not on the List of Service Organizations, can complete and submit the Service Organization Registration form found on the DSIG Forms webpage.

List of Service Organizations


2021-22 Grant Application and Payment Request Forms

Step 1 – Apply for the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program
Step 2 – Request payment from the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program


DSIG Forms

All forms for the California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program can be found on the DSIG Forms webpage.


DSIG FAQ

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions:

DSIG FAQ for Students


What is an Eligible Student?

Completed and submitted California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for that academic year.

Active recipient of a Cal Grant B Award.

Demonstrate enough financial need (determined by CSAC or the institution).

Enrolled in a qualifying institution.

What is a qualifying institution?

Any school on the Cal Grant Eligible Schools list on the CSAC website.

What is a qualifying community or volunteer service organization?

A nonprofit as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Any federal, state, or local government entity.

Any school on the Cal Grant Eligible Schools list on the CSAC website.

Organization shall have been established for a minimum of two years before the first date on which a participating student begins performing service hours to qualify for this program.

Community or volunteer service performed by the participating student is not advocacy of a political, social, or religious nature.

Community or volunteer service is related to the participating student’s field of study or is in furtherance of community service or a community need.

Organizations not on the List of Service Organizations, can complete and submit the Service Organization Registration form found on the DSIG Forms webpage.


For more information, please contact:

California Student Aid Commission

Student Support

(888) 224-7268

studentsupport@csac.ca.gov