California Dream Act
The California Dream Act of 2011 consists of two Assembly Bills (AB 130 and AB 131) which allows students who are ineligible for federal financial aid but meet B 540 criteria to apply for and receive funds from privately funded scholarships, certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.
AB 540 Eligibility Requirements and Application
- A student may request exemption from paying nonresident tuition if the student:
- Is without lawful immigration status
- Attended a California high school for 3 or more years, AND
- Graduated from a California high school OR
- Passed the GED OR
- California High School Proficiency Exam (CHPSE)
- Submit the "California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request" to the Residence Screening Office at Admissions & Outreach
The California Dream Act Application
- Each year:
- The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) develops the Dream Act Application
- The application collects basic personal and income information, and is an alternative process to filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Students may be selected for verification of their application data. The process will require the student to submit documents, such as information on household size, number in college, income information from the student and/or the parent(s), proof of selective service registration for males, etc.
- The deadline for priority consideration for Fall 2014 is March 2.
- Students will need to complete the Dream Act Application every year to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for the programs available, students will need to go online to www.caldreamact.org.
By completing the Dream Act Application you are apply for California state financial aid and some college financial aid programs. In addition, to apply for a Cal Grant be sure to also complete the Non-SSN GPA Verification form and submit it by the March 2 deadline.
What Types of Financial Assistance are Available?
By completing the required forms and meeting the deadlines, students may be eligible to receive the following grants and participate in the following programs at CSU, Sacramento.
- Cal Grant A
- Cal Grant B
- State University Grant (SUG)
- Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)
- Chafee Foster Yout Grant
- Education Opportunity Program (EOP)
Information on these programs can be in our Programs page.
After you have submitted the application forms
- CSAC will process your information and send it to CSU, Sacramento
- CSAC determines your eligibility for a Cal Grant
- You can track the status of your Cal Grant at www.webgrants4students.org
- The Financial Aid Office at Sacramento State
- May request additional forms from you which can be found on your To Do list located in your My Sac State Student Center
- Will award you the state and institutional aid you qualify for.
- Accept the financial aid awards you want and turn in the requested forms as soons as possible
- Financial aid is first applied to tuition and fees. Any remaining aid will be paid to you for your other educational expenses.
- AB 130 allows students who qualify to apply for scholarships that are not state funded. For additional information on scholarships, visit the Scholarship website.
- Fee Deferments:
- Fall Term: A Dream Act application has been received by our office. The temporary fall fee deferment is extended through the second Friday from the start from the term, if you have submitted all required documents by the June 1 priority document deadline.
- Spring Term: Students are eligible for a temporary spring fee deferment if they have been awarded aid for the spring term. This includes Cal Grant, State University Grant or Scholarship. The deferment is valid through the second Friday from the start of the term.
- Fee deferments can be located in the Holds section of your Student Center. If you do not have a temporary fee deferment or if your financial aid has not disbursed by the end of the temporary fee deferment, you are responsible for payment of tuition fees. You may pay your tuition fees in full or make payment arrangements through the University's Installment Payment Plan program.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress: All aid eligible students, including state, federal and most scholarships require students to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. Disqualified students, must file an appeal to be considered for aid. See our SAP Policy for additional information.
05-07-2013 // Rev. 1/13/2013