Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT?
Undocumented Students must meet the eligibility criteria for AB 540, AB 2000 or U-Visa holders to apply for and receive California state financial aid. The California Dream Act allows students to receive state and institutional grants if they meet income guidelines, apply by the priority deadlines, and complete all necessary paperwork on-time.
If you have questions about your eligibility, check out this chart that compares AB 540, AB 2000, the California Dream Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in more detail. Please be aware that DACA does not give students eligibility for the FAFSA or any federal financial aid.
If you have questions about which financial aid application you should complete or have questions about your eligibility, use this guide to be sure you receive all financial aid for which you are eligible.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, but your parent is undocumented, you should use this guide to identify the necessary steps to be able to pay resident fees at a public college or university in California, apply for the FAFSA and receive state financial aid in California.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T QUALIFY FOR THE CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT?
Don't give up! ALL Undocumented Students can go to college and receive private or institutional scholarships! Check out E4FC’s detailed list of scholarships that don't require proof of citizenship.