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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).

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 

The 2015-2016 Dream Act has been updated and enhanced to make the application easier for students to understand and for parents to sign: 

  • ·        Question 23a has been added to assist students in registering for Selective Service. (The “Register Me” question is now on this application)
  • ·        Question 31 has been added to assist students in learning about loans available for CSU and UC Dream students. SB1210 California DREAM Loan Program
  • ·        Application help text and Student Aid Report (CalSAR) text has been clarified for greater understanding
  • ·        The parent PIN process has been streamlined
  • ·        Assembly Bill AB540 information has been updated to include the AB2000 changes
  • ·        The resource page link is easier to find from the main page; resource organization has been updated on the resources page

Check out our Dream Act information & resources