Santa Clara University

California Dream Act

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act is two laws (AB 130 & AB 131) passed in 2011 that allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid including:

  • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants, Middle Class Scholarship and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships

AB 540 Student

You are an AB 540 student, if you meet the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years
  • Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or have a GED
  • Enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education
  • In the case of students without legal immigration status, fill out an affidavit stating that they have filed or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so

California Dream Act Application

To apply you will use the Dream Application. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB 131.

IMPORTANT: Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine continuing eligibility.

NOTE: The Board of Governors Fee Waivers, Middle Class Scholarship, EOPS, CARE and CalWorks are only offered at California public colleges and universities; these programs are not available at Santa Clara University.

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