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.
SB 68 will allow undocumented students to count full-time attendance at a California Community College (up to two years max,) adult school, high school, or a combination of these schools to meet the three years required to be eligible for in-state tuition. SB 68 also benefits students who don't have a California High School Diploma or didn't get their GED in California. Students will be able to use an Associate's Degree or the fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements for the UCs or CSUs to meet the requirements.