The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.
First the basics:
What are the AB540 requirements?
- The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three of more years
- The student must have graduated form a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example: passed the GED or California High School Proficiency exam)
- A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the college or 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
- Complete and submit the affidavit to the Admissions department
If the student has NOT attended a California High School for at least three years, the student can meet the AB540 eligibility by:
- Attaining three years worth of high school credits from a California High School
- A total of three years or more years of attendance in a California elementary or secondary schools, or a combination of those schools (the years do not have to be sequential)
What assistance is available to AB540 students?
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 CSU Stanislaus who complete the Dream Application will be considered for funding.
Beginning for the 2015-2016 year the California DREAM Loan program will be available for AB540 student. Further information will be forthcoming.
How do I apply?
Deadline for priority consideration for Fall 2015 funding: March 2, 2015
To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application which will be available to students beginning January 1, 2015. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131.
Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid. Students should complete and submit the CSU, Stanislaus AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) in order to begin a review of your eligibility.
Are AB540 student's required to register for selective service?
Yes, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, you are required to register for selective service (SSS) before receiving state financial aid. The 2015-2016 California Dream Act application will ask you if you want to the California Student Aid Commission to register you through a secure electronic data exchange with the SSS or you can complete and mail the paper SSS registration form to the SSS department.
Now that I have applied, what happens next?
California State University, Stanislaus will receive your Dream Application information electronically once it is processed. We will then send you an electronic communication notifying you of any documents we need from you in order to determine financial aid eligibility.
Note: All of your requested documents must be completed and you must be admitted at CSU Stanislaus before you can receive a financial aid offer.