February 28, 2013 Dreamer Update:
The new 2013-14 and enhanced 2012-13 online California Dream Act application became available on January 14, 2013, but had some technical issues. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) deleted the applications for a small number of students after experiencing connectivity issues that resulted in navigation problems, data loss and an unstable application. Those students should have been notified by email on February 5, 2013. Please check your email and also log in to your 2013-2014 Dream Application at www.caldreamact.org to make sure the application data is complete.
How does this affect you?
- If you submitted 2013-14 application information after January 14th and all of the information has been deleted, you must re-apply by March 4, 2014 to be considered for Cal Grant eligibility.
- If you created a WebGrants for Students account after submitting the California Dream Act application, that account was also deleted. Once you have successfully resubmitted an application, please establish a new WebGrants for Students account on www.webgrants4students.org. This account will allow you to track your California Dream Act application, grade point average information and the Cal Grant award status.
Should you need assistance, stop by the Financial Aid Office or call CSAC at 888-224-7268.
This website provides detailed informationabout AB 540 and the California Dream Act as well as links for undocumented students who may be interested in applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
AB 540 is a California law that was passed in 2001. It is written for students who are undocumented or a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident who went to high school in California for 3 years (not necessarily sequential), or achieved the equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a GED or California Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). If students meet specific requirements, they are able to pay ‘resident fees’ instead of ‘non-resident fees’ if they attend a CA public institution of higher education.
The California Dream Act makes AB 540 students at community colleges eligible to apply for privately-funded scholarships, the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG), assistance from EOPS, CARE, or CalWorks, and state aid like Cal Grants and Chafee.