Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
IN-STATE TUITION AND CA DREAM ACT
If you are undocumented, live in California, andwant to go to college. you can get your tuition & fees reduced and receive state based financial aid, if you meet the eligibility requirements.
California is a leader within the nation in supporting undocumented immigrants in their path to obtain a college degree. If you are considered a “non-resident” student in CA looking to go to college or access higher education, you will pay much higher tuition fees than resident students. However, California has a set of laws that can provide you with in-state tuition and state-based financial aid, if you meet the eligibility requirements.
At California colleges and public universities, the amount of tuition you pay is decidedby the schools. They determine your “California residency for tuition purposes” based your legal presence in the state, continuous physical presence for more than one year and intent and ability to stay in California indefinitely.This does not refer to your U.S. citizenship, permanent residency status, or lack thereof.
If you are considered a non-resident for tuition purposes,, you will pay approximately three times more than a resident student. However, if you are eligible, you can submit a non-resident tuition waiver, and get your fees reduced.
California is also one ofthe few states in the nation that offers financial aid to their undocumented students. If you are an undocumented student and meet certain requirements, you can receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships which can be used to help pay for your tuition and, in some cases, additional educational costs. This is money you don’t have to pay back.
The CA Dream Act includes Cal Grants, UC Grants, State University Grants, Board of Governors Fee Waivers and EOP/EOP&S grants, as well as the Middle-Class Scholarships and school-specific scholarships.The CA Dream Act can also give you access to loans, even if you are undocumented.
How In-State Tuition and the CA Dream Act Work Together
If you are an undocumented student, the California college or university must determine that you meet the eligibility requirements for the non-resident tuition exemption (AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68)in order to receive state based financial aid through the California Dream Act. This only applies to public colleges and universities.