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Overview

Undocumented/Dreamer Students

The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

California Dream Act Online Application

 

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California Nonresident Tuition Exemption
Education Code § 68130.5, as amended, commonly known as AB 540

California Nonresident Tuition Exemption commonly known as AB 540, exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and/or allows them to apply and receive state aid at certain California public and private colleges.

Satisfy either items 1 or 2 (Time and Coursework Requirement)

1. Three (3) or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of equivalent credits earned in California from the following schools (or any combination thereof):

A. High School *
B. Adult School *
C. Community College (credit or non-credit courses) ** or

2. Three (3) or more years of full-time high school coursework and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high school in California for a combined total of three (3) or more years.

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Financial Aid for Undocumented/Dreamer Students
There are many financial aid options for undocumented/dreamer students, both through CSAC and through colleges themselves

There are many financial aid opportunities for undocumented/dreamer students including: Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship, UC Grants, State University Grants, California Community College (CCC) California Promise Grant, EOP/EOPS, some University scholarships and some private scholarships administered by campuses.

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What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years

DACA is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years. It is important to note that DACA is not the same as financial aid and Undocumented/Dreamer students should still submit a CA Dream Act Application and Non-SSN GPA instead of a FAFSA.