California Dream Act

photoThe California Dream Act of 2011 consists of two Assembly Bills (AB 130 and AB 131).  AB 130 allows students to apply for private funded scholarships and AB 131 allows  eligible students to apply for state aid through the California Dream Act Application.  

The California Dream Act allows students who meet AB 540 to apply for and participate in the following programs at Sacramento State:

California Dream Act Application Process

  1. Complete the Dream Act Application online at, by the priority deadline of March 2.  The application is available early each January.
  2. Monitor your My Sac State Student Center To Do list for documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.  Submit documents by the priority document processing deadline of June 1.
  3. If eligible, you will receive an Award Notification message prompting you to accept or decline the state aid offered.
  4. Financial Aid Holds prevent disbursement of aid.  Make sure you monitor your Holds and take necessary action to clear them.



  • The University must notate your student account as an AB540 student.  AB540 status is determined by the Residency Screening Office at Admissions & Outreach. 
  • Students may be selected for verification. The process will require the student to submit documents, such as household size, income information from the student and/or the parent(s), proof of selective service registration for males, etc.
  • See the grant programs page for eligibility requirements for the above mentioned grants.
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.  Disqualified students must file an appeal to be considered for aid.   See our SAP Policy for additional information.

Selective Service

  • All male students between the ages of 18-26 must register for selective service even if they do not have a social security number.
  • Selective Service “mail-back” registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office. A man can fill it out, sign (leaving the space for his Social Security Number blank, if he has yet not obtained one), affix postage and mail it to Selective Services.
  • Males will receive an Official Registration Acknowledgment that must be turned in to the Financial Aid Office.

Things to Know

  • The name on your Dream Act Application must match the name used to apply for admissions to Sacramento State.
  • If correcting the Dream Act application, you and your parent, if dependent, must sign the application again.
  • You should save your application regularly as you will be timed out every 25 minutes.


What's Next?
After you have submitted the application online, CSAC will process your information and send it electronically to Sacramento State.   The Financial Aid Office may request additional forms from you to complete your file.  If eligible for state aid, accept the aid awards offered.  Financial aid is first applied to tuition fees and any remaining aid will be processed as refund to you for your other educational expenses.

Remember, you are responsible for payment of tuition fees while your financial aid file is being processed or awaiting for the disbursement of aid.  If eligible, the Financial Aid Office will assign a fee deferment postponing payment of tuition fees if you meet fee deferment requirements. 


Fee Deferments
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.

  • 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.