Release of the California Dream Act Application

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the release of the statewide California Dream Act Application (Dream Application). For the first time, under Assembly Bills 130 (AB 130) and AB 131, AB 540 eligible students attending college in California may apply for and receive student financial aid from both publicly and privately funded sources. Students can complete the Dream Act Application online for 2012-13 assistance at www.caldreamact.org.

For the most part, the Dream Act Application serves students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA. These include undocumented students, a population that has previously not been allowed to apply for state financial aid assistance. Public college and university campuses will be preparing financial aid packages very soon so students who will be in college for 2012-13 should apply now.

Although students attending private colleges will not be able to receive state assistance for the 2012-13 year, many private colleges have expressed their interest in receiving the Dream Applications to use in consideration for their own college funded aid. If the student lists a college on the Dream Application, that college will be provided the application data. However, since not all colleges have indicated they are ready to accept Dream Application data, students should contact each campus under consideration for specific instructions on applying for aid at that school.

Cal Grant program eligibility will be first determined for the 2013-14 year. Starting January 2013, applicants will use the 2013-14 Dream Act Application to apply for state Cal Grant awards for use at public and private colleges.

The Dream Application instructions and pre-completion worksheet are posted on the Resources section of the Dream Act Application website at www.caldreamact.org. We encourage current AB 540 eligible college students, and current AB 540 eligible high school students who plan to attend college for the 2012-13 academic year to use the Dream Application.

During the development of the Dream Act Application, the Commission has enjoyed partnering with CASFAA, CCCSFAAA, AB 540 advocacy and student support groups, colleges, high schools and students during both in-person and teleconference meetings. We appreciate the advice and formulative feedback that has guided us during the development of this application. This is a historic event! We look forward to further collaborations in the future.

Please e-mail us anytime at schoolsupport@csac.ca.gov or call us Monday through Friday 1:00 pm to 4:50 pm at (888) 294-0153 if you have any questions.