CA Dream Act Fact Sheet

YOU Can Afford College Regardless of Your Immigration Status

There are 3 California laws that make a college education more accessible and affordable to all AB 540 students, including undocumented students. To download the CA Dream Act Fact Sheet, scroll down to the bottom.


 AB540 - Signed into law October 12, 2001, authorizes any students, including undocumented students, who meet the following criteria to pay in-state tuition at California's public colleges and universities.


  1. Attended a CA high school for 3 or more years
  2. Graduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma
  3. Registered or currently be enrolled at a public college/university in CA
  4. Filed or will file an affidavit with your college/university
  5. May not be a non-immigrant holding a valid lettered non-immigrant visa*


Dream Act Part 1 - AB 130 - Signed into law July 25, 2011, authorizes AB540 students to apply to privately funded scholarships given out by a California public college/university. Effective January 1, 2012


  1. Be classified as AB 540
  2. Meet each scholarship’s requirements (this will be implemented by campus)

CA Dream Act Part 2 – AB 131 - Signed into law Oct. 8, 2011, authorizes AB540 students to apply for Board of Governor's Fee Waiver, Institutional Aid, and Cal Grants. Effective January 1, 2013


  1. Be eligible for AB 540
  2. G.P.A. and income requirements as decided by the California Student Aid Commission
  3. The CA Dream Network, CHIRLA, among other organizations are working closely with the CA Student Aid Commission to create a secure, efficient, and reliable statewide financial aid application, similar to FAFSA, but for AB 540 students. We expect to have it ready by the end of next year.

 *Non-immigrant students are not eligible for this exemption. Non-immigrant students, as defined by federal immigration law, may hold one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, U, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, and V, AND TROV, and NATO.

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