Not a US Citizen or Permanent resident? Want to apply for financial aid, but cannot apply for federal aid due to your immigration status? Have you attended a California High School for three full years and graduated from a California High School or received your GED or passed the high school equivalency exam in California? You may be eligible for state financial aid under the California Dream Act. Read on!
Current FCC Students
Did you graduate in 2016, but were not awarded a Cal Grant? Complete a 2017-2018 Dream Act Application and check with your high school to verify your GPA was submitted. Both should be submitted by March 2nd to be considered for your high school entitlement Cal Grant.
Current High School Seniors
Complete a 2018 – 2019 Dream Act Application for a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver) and for Cal Grant competitive awards. For more information, read on and visit www.caldreamact.org.
Until the passage of the Dream Act, undocumented students were not eligible for federal, state or university funded financial aid. Under this new law, undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria may now be eligible for certain types of financial aid. The California Dream Act Application is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid. For detailed information on the California Dream Act, please visit csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp. Additional information is also available in UC Santa Barbara's California Dream Application Tutorial.
What is the California Dream Act?
The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
- California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver)
- State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
- Privately-funded scholarships
Check with your college financial aid, scholarship, EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs offices to see what is available.