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California Dream Act
Application OPEN October 1st-March 2nd
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.
Who Can Apply for the California Dream Act?
Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 540 or AB 2000, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act application (CADAA)
The application can be found at www.caldreamact.org. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) processes the application and any aid received can only be used at eligible California public or private institutions
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens such as permanent residents should complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. They may be eligible for federal student aid as well as California student aid.
The Cal Grant application deadline for students using the CADAA or the FAFSA is March 2nd prior to the academic year.
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REGISTER FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE
Selective Service form
Selective Service and the CA Dream Act
How to apply
❏ APPLY ONLINE: DREAM.CSAC.CA.GOV BY MARCH 2ND
❏ SUBMIT AND CHECK FOR ERRORS ON CONFIRMATION PAGE
❏ COMPLETE PARENT SIGNATURE (IF APPLICABLE)
❏ COMPLETE AB540 FORM AND SUBMIT TO A&R
❏ REGISTER FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE (ONLY MALES 18-25 YRS)
❏COMPLETE GPA VERIFICATION BY MARCH 2ND
What am I eligible for?
❏ CAL GRANT A (HELD IN RESERVE UNTIL YOU TRANSFER TO A 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY)
❏ CAL GRANT B (FOR PROGRAMS AT LEAST 1 YEAR LONG)
❏ CAL GRANT C (FOR VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS 4 MONTHS OR LONGER.
❏ STUDENT SUCCESS COMPLETION GRANT (INCREASES IF TAKING 15 UNITS)
❏ CALIFORNIA PROMISE GRANT (FORMERLY KNOW AS THE BOG WAIVER)
❏ COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS (THROUGH AB 130)
❏ EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS & SERVICES (EOPS)
❏ CHAFEE FOSTER YOUTH GRANTS
What to do if chosen for Verification
- Log on to Verify My FAFSA
- Input your CA Dream ID instead of Social Security Number
- Upload documents requested
- If you need help: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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