The California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.

What are the AB540 requirements?

To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years AND
  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term. For example: the student must have passed the General Education Diploma (GED) or California High School Proficiency exam) AND
  • A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so at the following link: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/prospective/files/pdf/ca-nonres-tuition-exemption-request-form-ab540.pdf. Complete and submit the affidavit to the Office of Admissions, Cal State East Bay.

What assistance is available to AB540 students?

AB130  (Scholarships)

AB130 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for non-state funded scholarships. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students visit the Scholarships web site at: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/prospective/cost-and-financial-aid/scholarships/index.html

AB131 (Grants)

AB 131 allows student who qualify under the AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant, and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. As such, eligible AB540 students at Cal State East Bay who complete the Dream Application will be considered for funding in Winter 2013.

How do I apply?

Submit a Dream Application    

The deadline by which you must apply for priority consideration for winter 2013 funding is May 18, 2012.

To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application which will be available to students beginning April 2, 2012. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131. While the application and processing begins in April 2012; eligible Dream applicants will not begin to receive their funding until after January 1, 2013 (the date when the law becomes effective).

Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine continuing eligibility for state and institutional aid. Students should complete and submit to Cal State East Bay the AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) in order to begin a review of your eligibility.

After a student submits their application, Cal State East Bay's timeline for awarding Dream applicants is May 2012.

For more information about AB540, visit the AB540 Program web site.

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