The California DREAM Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.
California DREAM Act Timeline
October 1 - March 2
DREAM Act application becomes available for DREAM Act Cal Grants.
All DREAM Act eligible Cal Grant students would receive their awards starting with the Fall/Spring academic year.
It is critical that DREAM Act eligible students complete the California DREAM application by March 2 to maximize their eligibility for financial aid at California institutions.
This handout explains the criteria used for the California nonresident tuition exemption. The application is on page 2.
Are you planning on becoming a U.S. citizen? The Federal Student Aid website contains resources and information about programs that are available to eligible students.