The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.
California DREAM Act Timeline
January 1, 2013
Fee Waivers are available for eligible DREAM Act applicants at California Community Colleges (Eligibilty for community college Board of Governor's Fee Waiver program begins with the Spring 2013 semester since the law takes effect on 1/1/13).
Jan 1- Mar 2, 2013
2013-14 DREAM Act application becomes available for DREAM Act Cal Grants. All DREAM Act eligible Cal Grant students would receive their awards starting with the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 academic year. It is critical that DREAM Act eligible students complete the California DREAM application by March 2 to maximize their eligibility for financial aid at California institutions.
April 24, 2013
Cypress College host Parent Night
. This event is open to all high school seniors and their families to learn about instructional programs and student services.
May 1, 2013
Cypress College hosts DREAM Act College Night
. This event is specifically designed for graduating seniors and parents of AB540/undocumented students.
The document is the actual presentation that was provided at DREAM Act night and contains helpful information for new and continuing AB540 students.
This handout explains the criteria used for the California nonresident tuition exemption. The application is on page 2.
Are you planning on becoming a U.S. citizen? The Federal Student Aid website contains resources and information about programs that are available to eligible students.