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Modified - 12/15/2016 07:17pm Undocumented Students

 Undocumented students do not need to forego their dream of going to college. If an undocumented student meets a school's admission requirements and is accepted, he/she is encouraged to attend. Though undocumented students are not eligible to receive state or federal aid, many other scholarships are available. See for a comprehensive list of scholarships that do not require citizenship, permanent residency or a social security number. California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) ensures undocumented students do not have to pay out-of-state tuition at California public schools if they meet all of the following requirements:


1. Attend a California high school for 3 or more years 


2. Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent, such as a GED


3. Submit the AB540 nonresident tuition exemption request form and sign the confidential affidavit included with the form stating that the student will apply for legal residency as soon as possible. In this affidavit, students declare that they meet all AB 540 requirements and if they are undocumented, that they have filed an application to adjust their immigration status or will do so as soon as they are eligible to do so.


A Note about the UC Application for Undocumented Students When applying to the CSU/UC system, applicants will be asked for a social security number and immigration status. Undocumented students may leave these sections blank and the otherwise completed application will still be processed. Applicants will need to answer No Selection under the Country of Citizenship pull-down tab.

California Dream Act -

Apply now for a Cal Grant and other state financial aid using the California Dream Act Application. The Cal Grant deadline in March 2,2017. They are here to help you through the process and to provide you with information on the application. If you need help, please contact them at or call 1-888-224-7268. You can also click on the Contact Us Link at the top button of the Dream Act Application or the Help link at the top of the application.

Important Dates for the Dream Act

2016-17 school year

Check with your institution's financial aid office to see if you need to complete the 2016-17 California Dream Act Application.

January 1, 2017

2013-14 California Dream Act Application becomes available for AB 131 Institutional grants, community college fee waivers and Cal Grants for the 2016-17 school year.

March 2, 2017

This is the 2016-17 priority filing deadline for most state funded colleges and universities and the absolute deadline for submission of your Dream Act Application and school certified GPA for the Cal Grant program.

May 1, 2017

If you submit a Dream Act Application and school certified GPA by the March 2 deadline, you should receive an email or letter from the Student Aid Commission on your application status. If you are not contacted, email or call 888-224-7268.

 Scholarships for DACA Students! - APPLY!!

 Their mission statement is: We believe nothing should stand in your way of a college education—not the cost, your immigrant status, or the lack of financial aid.  Our scholarships can help you pay for your college education.