California Dream Application
What is a California Dream Act Application?
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive:
- California College Promise Grants (Formerly Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waivers)
- Cal Grants
- Chafee Grants for Foster Youth
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
The California Dream Act Application is used to determine the California state financial eligibility of students who meet the qualifications of Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540).
- The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will process this application.
- Any aid received can only be used at eligible California institutions.
Who is Eligible to File a CA Dream Act Application?
Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 540 or
AB 2000, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act
- Students who have a Social Security card with words "Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization" or "Not Valid For Employment" should complete the Dream Act Application.
- Students who received their Social Security Number through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA); please complete a CA Dream Application.
The Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid.
Students should file either the FAFSA or the Dream Act Application, not both.
- Students who have a permanent Social Security Number must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- This will assure that the applicant is considered for both federal and state assistance.
- The FAFSA application is located on-line at www.fafsa.gov.
What is AB540?
AB540 was passed in 2001 to allow AB540 eligible students in California to pay the lower resident fees at California's public colleges and universities.
Do You Meet the AB540 Criteria?
If one or more of the following statements is applicable to you, you will be considered as one meeting the AB540 criteria.
- Attend high school in California for at least three full years. The three years do not have to be consecutive.
- Earn a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).
- Enroll or be accepted for enrollment in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
- If you are without lawful immigration status, you will have to file an affidavit with the college or university you are attending stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status, or that you will file an application as soon as you are eligible to do so.
To be considered for the California Dream Act, you must complete and submit a California Dream Act Application each year that you attend college. Complete and submit the Dream Act Application by the priority deadline of March 2 each year. Processing time is 2 weeks. Don't forget to include the Gavilan School Code on the application: 001202
Students have the option of submitting their application one of two ways:
- Online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
2. Paper Applications, which take 4-6 weeks for processing. See "Financial Aid Forms" for PDF versions of Dream Act.
Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully. The SAR will inform you if your application is complete, what your estimated EFC is, and if you were selected for verification.
Complete any additional requirements by the priority deadline of May 31. Login to myGav portal, click on Student tab, view Financial Aid Requirements, and select the correct academic year. Any required documents will be available here.