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College Resources for Undocumented Students

Spring Updates

Are you a senior who filled out the Dream Act application?

You should be aware the California Student Aid Commission has deleted some records after applications were submitted.

Check your email (including your spam folder) to determine if you have been affected. In addition, go to your DREAM application at to make sure it is still in the system. If your Dream Act application was deleted, and you did not submit by the March 2nd deadline you may still be eligible to apply through an appeals process. For more information on appeals visit the California Student Aid Commission website. For additional support contact

Community College Bound Students: Missed the March 2 deadline?

There is a secondary deadline, specifically for California Community College students, September 2. Submit the FAFSA/ DREAM Application before the September 2 deadline to be considered for this specific Cal Grant. There is a limited number available.


AB540 is a state law that exempts certain students who are not residents of California from paying nonresident tuition at public colleges and universities in California. This law makes college more affordable for qualified undocumented students by exempting them from paying significantly higher out-of-state tuition.

Definition of AB540 Students
In order to be eligible for AB540, students must have ALL of the following:

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

  2. Graduated from a California high school with a high school diploma or attained the equivalent (GED); and

  3. Filed an affidavit with their intended college or university stating their eligibility under AB540 and intention of applying for a lawful immigration status as soon as they are eligible.( Participating colleges and universities will have their own affidavit available at their school sites)

The 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 eligibility of AB 540 (see above) to apply for and receive state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131) and private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130).

Dream Act Application for AB540 Students

Apply now for a Cal Grant and other state financial aid using the California Dream Act Application. The Cal Grant deadline is March 4, 2013. If you need help, contact your school counselor or or call 1-888-224-7268. You can also click on the Contact Us Link at the bottom of the Dream Act Application or the Help link at the top of the application


  • City College of San Francisco AB540 page: City College San Francisco AB540 calendars & deadlines, forms, counselor contact information, scholarships, and student resources
  • San Francisco State University AB540 page: San Francisco State University AB540 forms, counselor contact information, scholarships, workshops and student resources
  • Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC): E4FC supports undocumented students in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
  • New American Scholars Program: Up to $5,000 scholarships for Bay Area undergraduate and graduate students.

    E4FC’s New American Scholars Program Provides scholarships and support services to low-income immigrant undergraduate and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide awards of up to $5,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and potential to serve as role models to other undocumented students.

Scholarship List and Guide

Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students

Supporting College-Bound Undocumented Students

How to Support College-Bound Undocumented Students: Advice for Parents¿Còmo apoyar a los estudiantes indocumentados en su camino a la universidad?: consejos para los padres

Find more information and resources on financial aid.