California Dream Act "Follow Your Dreams"
It is important to note that today’s DACA decision does not impact a student’s ability to attend our colleges, to qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws. Check out the California Dream Act “Follow Your Dreams” Video.
The California Dream Act of 2011 was passed into laws AB 130 and AB 131. At Los Medanos College these laws allow AB 540 eligible students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
- CA College Promise Grant
- State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
- Privately-funded scholarships
For more information:
Who is an AB540 Student?
- Attended a California high school for at least three years;
- Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
- Are registered or enrolled at a California community college and
- If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status
Step 1: Determine if you are AB540 Eligible
- Important: You must complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form
- Submit form to the Admissions & Records Office to determine if you are AB 540 eligible
Step 2: Submit Dream Act Applications
Once you have been determined AB540 eligible, please complete and submit the following applications:
- CA Dream Act On-line Application
- 2018-2019 CA Promise Grant (formerly BOGW Fee Waiver)
- 2018-2019 CA Promise Grant (Spanish)
Submit this form to the Financial Aid Office.
Note: If you have already submitted a CA Dream Act Application and have questions,
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) at: email@example.com or 888-224-7268
Please email: Program Coordinator- Tammy Oranje