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 the AB 540 criteria to apply for and participate in the following programs at Sacramento State:

  • Cal Grant A
  • Cal Grant B
  • California Dream Loan
  • State University Grant (SUG)
  • Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)
  • Chafee Foster Youth
  • Education Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Scholarships

California Dream Act Application Process

  1. Complete the Dream Act Application online at by the priority deadline of March 2 
  2. Submit all financial aid documents on your My Sac State Student Center To Do List by the priority document processing deadline of May 1
  3. If eligible, you will receive an Award Notification message prompting you to accept or decline state aid offered
  4. Monitor your Holds and take necessary action to clear and Financial Aid Holds that prevent disbursement of aid


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
  • Males will receive an Official Registration Acknowledgment that must be turned in to the Student Service Center

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
  • 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 & Scholarships 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 & Scholarships Office will assign a tuition fee deferment postponing payment of tuition fees if you meet fee deferment requirements. 

Looking for additional non-financial aid resources and support on campus? visit the Dreamer Resource Center (DRC).   The DRC is located in River Front Center, Room 1022 and is open Monday through Friday, from 8am-5pm. You may contact the DRC via email at or by phone at 916-278-5193.