AB 540 Coalition
The College Dream Initiative

UndocuConference, Dare to Dream. April 28th, 2018. Please check AB 540 College Night tab for more information
CAL STATE APPLY Resource Guide for Undocumented Students:

Resources to understand DACA and effects on resources for current CA students:
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Education For Fair Consideration ITIN Guide. Please click on the link below
Letter in support of DACA by UC, CSU, and CCC. Please click on the link below



Oportunities For Scholarships. Please click on the site below:

University of California Has $8 million Plan for Undocumented Students. Check the link below:


Colleges "Friendly" to AB 540 Stutends

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This Operations Memo from the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) provides an update regarding the California Dream Act Application and the Selective Service registration process for male students.

For more details, please view GOM 2015-15 on the following link:


University of California (Undocmented Student Resources)

Expansion of the DACA Program, announced on Nov 20, 2014
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The DACA Renewal Process
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A national research project focusing on the voices of undocumented college students
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College Night 2013 videos (Part 1- Part 10)

California Dream Application Instructions

College Board Releases Guide for Undocumented Students
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The Kids Behind The Dream Act Video

DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The Obama administration announced today that it will offer indefinite reprieves from deportation for young immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and meet other specific requirements. The move, hailed by immigration advocates as a bold response to the broken immigration system, temporarily eliminates the possibility of deportation for youths who would qualify for relief under the DREAM Act, giving Congress the space needed to craft a bipartisan solution that gives permanent residence to qualifying young people. In a statement from the White House, President Obama said the policy was “the right thing to do,” calling DREAMers “Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every way but one: on paper.”

California Dream Act
California Dream Act: The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131).


This bill provides that, on and after January 1, 2012, a student attending the California State University, the California Community Colleges, or the University of California who is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under AB 540, shall be eligible to receive scholarships derived from non-state funds received, for the purpose of scholarships, by the segment at which he or she is a student.


o        Signed into law on July 25, 2011


o        Became effective January 1, 2012


o        Includes: scholarships funded through private donors, alumni contributions, and individual departmental efforts


o        Check with your institution’s financial aid office about application information and what’s available at that particular institution. Here are what some schools are doing:


§         SBCC: Fill out the SBCC scholarship application


§         UC Berkeley: received $2 million in private donations

§         UCLA: received $1 million in private donations


§         UCSB: is awarding15, $1000 scholarships


 ·         AB-131: This bill requires that as of January 1, 2013 the Trustees of California State University, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the regents of the University of California (approved by regents), to establish procedures and forms that enable students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition, under AB 540, or who meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents, to apply for, and participate in, all student aid programs administered by the State of California to the full extent permitted by federal law.  


o        Signed into law on October 8, 2011


o        Becomes effective January 1, 2013


o        Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to     


§         Apply for and receive Board of Governors fee waivers at the California Community Colleges. Students apply at their particular community college for the spring 2013 semester or can complete the Dream Application online at caldreamact.org beginning April 2, 2012.


§         Apply for and receive institutional grants like UC Grant, State University Grant, Educational Opportunity Program and Educational Opportunity Program and Services fee waivers. Students planning on attending UCs and Cal States for the 2012-2013 academic year can begin to complete the Dream Application beginning April 2, 2012. Students will be able to use grants beginning January 2013. Apply online at caldreamact.org

§         Apply for and receive state financial aid, including Cal Grants and Chafee Foster Youth Grants for use at eligible public and private institutions. Complete Dream Application January- March 2013 for use during the 2013-2014 academic year. Apply online at caldreamact.org

      California Dream Act application tutorial for most of the California UC Campuses:

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