Financial Aid Is Now Available to AB 540 Students - The California Dream Act 

What is the California Dream Act?

The Dream Act consists of two laws that were passed in 2011 (AB 130 & 131) and allows AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:

  • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Private-funded scholarships

How do I apply for the California Dream Act?

Eligible AB 540students will need to complete the following:

What is an AB 540 student?

A student is considered an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years
  • Graduated from a California high school, earned a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college
     and
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Please contact the Admissions & Records Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible.