California Dream Act
In 2012, California public universities and colleges implemented Assembly Bill 130 ad Assembly Bill 131, also known as the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act provides eligibility for in-state funded financial aid to students from all public systems UC, CSU, CCC who met eligible for AB 540, AB 2000, and/or SB 68.
- The California Dream Act is not conditional on student’s current immigration status nor on students Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibility. If you have further questions, including how to ensure you are completing the correct financial aid application visit.
If you are a male between ages, 18 and 25 and applying for the California Dream Act you must register for Selective Service. If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) or have been issued a SSN through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you may register for Selective Service by visiting your local Post Office and filling out a paper form.
Instructions to submitting Selective Service Form without a social security number:
- Print Selective Service Form
- Complete form ( Leave space blank if you do not yet have a social security number)
- Mail completed form to :
Selective Service System
P.O. Box 94739
Palatine, IL 60094-4739
The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG)
The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) encourages California Dream Act Application (CADAA) students with a Cal Grant B award to perform community or volunteer service. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester or up to $1,000 per quarter) to 2,500 eligible students. The grant will be available to the student for up to 8 semesters or up to 12 quarters while they have an active Cal Grant B award. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete any necessary verification for their Cal Grant B award. This new opportunity is a great opportunity for non DACA students who meet eligibility.
Who is eligible?
- A student that completed and submitted a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for that academic year.
- Active recipient of a Cal Grant B Award.
- Demonstrate enough financial need (determined by CSAC or the institution).
- Enrolled in a qualifying institution.
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Thinks to Know About DACA
On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the case of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A decision is expected between now and June of 2020.
- If your DACA expires in 2020, we recommend you speak with an immigration legal service provider about renewing your DACA now.
- New applications are still NOT being accepted at this moment, and advance parole is NOT available.
Understanding the 2020 Supreme Court Decision on DACA
On June 18, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients ruling that the way in which the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program in 2017 was unlawful. The decision is a huge victory for immigrant communities and their allies who mobilized to protect the DACA program. Read more
CSU enrollment and tuition policies are not based on DACA status and will not be impacted if DACA is repealed. Likewise, state funding available under the California Dream Act is not based on DACA status and will not change. Get more information about financial aid programs.
If you are an existing DACA recipient, you may continue to be employed and may continue to use the Employee Authorization Documents (EAD) issued to you until your EAD expires.
If your EAD expires and you are not able to renew it, the CSU will be unable to continue to employ you.
Guide for undocumented individuals traveling in California. If you require assistance with travel, you should consult with our legal counsel.