Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT?
The California Dream Act allows some undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships. The 2011 passage of AB 130 & 131 symbolizes a milestone victory for undocumented students and allies in California who organized and advocated for increased access to college. The California Dream Act represents a critical investment in undocumented students and in the future of California.
AB 130 gives colleges and universities the discretion to award institutional scholarships to undocumented students who qualify for AB 540, AB 2000 or U-Visa holders. This includes scholarships funded through private donors, alumni contributions and individual departmental efforts.
AB 131 enables undocumented students who qualify for AB 540, AB 2000 or U-Visa holders to receive state-based financial aid such as Cal Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governor’s Fee Waivers.