The California Dream Act extends eligibility certain types of UC and California financial aid to students, including undocumented students, who qualify for a nonresident tuition exemption under AB 540.
Undocumented students with AB 540 status qualify for many forms of financial aid, including exemption from nonresident tuition. This means you’ll be eligible for in-state tuition and fees, scholarships, and private scholarships.
Students that qualify for AB 540 can apply for state financial aid through the California Dream Act (Apply by March 2nd!) It is NOT an application for Federal financial aid.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund contains links to various scholarships as well as downloadable resources for Dreamers.
The Smart Cookie Scholarship is a wonderful scholarship opportunity by great friend of Cañada College, Karen Trilevsky.
Financial Aid/Scholarship & Transfer Institution Resources
E4FC scholarship resources for undocumented students
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website to apply for the CA Dream Act Application for financial aid
TheDream.US website to learn more about scholarship opportunities for local Bay Area students
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for detailed information about DACA
Some undocumented students qualify for a nonresident tuition exemption under AB 540 and for some forms of financial aid under the California Dream Act.
Here's how to apply:
AB540 Eligibility Requirements:
DACA entitles students to be employed legally, making it easier for students to find jobs and help with educational costs.
If you have DACA status, you should not fill out a FAFSA, even if you have a Social Security number. If you’re anticipating being eligible for AB 540, you should still fill out the Cal Dream Act application.
DACA has no effect on eligibility for the AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption or financial aid.
To Learn more about DACA at visit US Citizenship and Immigration Services