California Dream Act

California Dream Act

Starting with the 2013-2014 academic year, AB540 students may apply for the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. You must submit the 2013-2014 Dream Act Application starting on January 14th 2013 but before the Cal Grant March 2nd deadline. If the Dream Act Application is submitted after March 2nd, you may still qualify for the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver and Chafee Grant (if former foster youth). As of Spring 2013, Dream Act students may only apply for the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver.

To learn more about the Dream Act Application please visit The California Student Aid Commission website:

To apply for the Dream Act Application go to:


CA Dream Act vs. Deferred Action (DACA)

  • CA Dream Act is not the same program as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief
  • DACA does not confer a new status for students and does not affect AB 540 status
  • CA Dream Act application is a free application
  • DACA application does have a fee of $465
  • Students wanting more information on DACA should visit