What is the California DREAM Act?
Assembly Bills 130 & 131, known as the California DREAM Act of 2011, are laws that increase access to financial aid for undocumented students who attend a public university, community college or private college in California. The DREAM act allows undocumented students to receive scholarships administered by public institutions (AB-130) and state funded grants including Cal Grants, Board of Governor’s Fee Waivers and university grants (AB-131). To qualify, students must meet the requirements for AB 540 and not be eligible to apply for the FAFSA.
The deadline for submitting the application to determine financial need for each academic year is from October 1st to March 2nd.
Incoming freshmen must submit a NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2nd, in addition to the online DREAM Act application.
Students must resubmit the DREAM Act application every year before March 2nd to be considered for financial aid in the upcoming academic year.
DREAM Act Tips and Reminders:
Please remember that in order for your DREAM Act application to be processed at El Camino College, you must also file an AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form that includes an affidavit stating they have filed (or will file) an application to legalize as soon as you are able to do so. Completed forms must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Services Center. You must also submit a copy of your high school diploma and sealed high school transcripts to the El Camino College Admissions office for verification. Please note that this process occurs after you apply to be a student at El Camino College. To submit your CA Dream Act Application please click below:
What Type of financial aid can DREAMERS receive?