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California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive funds from certain state and institutional financial aid programs.

Students who received a Social Security Number through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA), and who qualify for AB540, should complete the CA Dream Act Application in order to be considered for state financial aid, as they are NOT Eligible for Federal Student Aid.

What are the AB540 Requirements?

In order to meet the AB540 criteria, you must meet all of the following:

  • You must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years.

AND

  • You must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the tern (i.e., passed the GED or California High School Proficiency exam).

AND

  • Enroll in an accredited California Institution of Higher Education
  • In the case of students without legal immigration status, file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form) with the Admissions/Registrar’s Office stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status (or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so).

NOTE: Males between the ages of 18 – 25 are required to register with Selective Service.

What Type of Financial Assistance is Available

Grants (AB131)

AB131 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for and receive state funded financial aid – such as the CSULB State University Grant, fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. This law took effect on January 1, 2013. For more information about the different types of state grants available under the Dream Act, visit our State Grant information page.

CSULB Scholarships (AB130)

AB130 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for scholarships that do not have a residency or citizenship requirement. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students, visit the CSULB Center for Scholarship Information .

Non-CSULB Scholarships

Below is a list of external scholarship opportunities for AB 540 students.

THE DREAM.US Scholarship

CSULB is one of a limited number of institutions selected as partners for TheDREAM.US scholarship.

TheDREAM.US is a national scholarship fund that provides eligible, first-time college students with up to $25,000 in funding towards tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation costs. The scholarship is renewable for up to six years or until you have received the full $25,000 award.

Students must be eligible for AB540 status and be DACA eligible in order to qualify for this scholarship.

Please watch the video overview of TheDREAM.US. For more information and to apply, visit TheDREAM.US.

Links and information provided to the following external scholarship organizations, websites, and/or search engines do not constitute an endorsement of the organization, their site’s sponsors, and/or of their products by CSU Long Beach or the CSU Long Beach Office of Financial Aid.

Loans

California Dream Loan

The California (CA) Dream Loan is borrowed money you must repay with interest. The CA Dream Loan is a subsidized loan program for undergraduate students with a valid CA Dream Act application and a valid AB540 affidavit or “U” Visa on file with CSU Long Beach. You must attend at least half-time (6 or more units per semester) in order to receive the CA Dream Loan.

  • Interest Rate, Deferment, and Grace Period
    The interest rate for 2015-16 is 4.29%. The interest rate for the CA Dream Loan corresponds with the interest rate on Federal Direct Subsidized loans and is subject to change for new loans annually. The CA Dream Loan does not accrue interest while you are enrolled at least half-time, during periods of approved deferment, and during the 6-month grace period before you enter repayment. You will be responsible for the interest charged at all other times.
  • Repayment of Loans
    California Dream Loans are setup to be repaid in monthly installments over a 10-year period and have a minimum payment of $50 a month. You can pay off your loan earlier without penalty. You begin repaying your loan at the end of a 6-month grace period. The grace period begins once you graduate, leave school, or enroll less than half-time.
  • Loan Limits
    The CA Dream Loan is subject to annual, semester, and aggregate limits set by the state legislature, the CSU Chancellorís Office, and SSU. The annual loan limit is $4,000 and the semester limit is generally $2,000. The aggregate limit of $20,000 is the maximum that you can borrow from the CA Dream Loan program at CSU Long Beach.

Eligibility for the CA Dream Loan

Because funds are limited, you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if you meet the eligibility criteria for the CA Dream Loan. The application process will be explained in emails sent to your email account, and in the To Do List items in MyCSULB.

You may decline the loan offer or accept less than what is offered to you, but funds are limited and you may not be able to increase your loan at a later time. Students who accept the CA Dream Loan must complete a promissory note and entrance counseling. If you fail to complete all the required steps to receive your loan disbursement by the assigned deadline, we may cancel the loan offer. Funds are limited and you may not be awarded the funds again at a later date.

You must attend at least half-time (6 or more units per semester) in order to receive the CA Dream Loan.

Receipt of funds in one year does not guarantee availability or receipt of funds in subsequent years.

How Do I Apply

CA Dream Act Application filing deadline is March 2

To apply for Grant funding, complete the Dream Act Application – each year between January 1 and March 2. View How To Apply for additional information.

In addition to the Dream Act Application, you must submit the AB50 Affidavit to CSULB in order to begin the review of your residency status and eligibility for financial aid under the Dream Act. Be sure to routinely view your To Do List on MyCSULB for any additional paperwork that might be needed to complete your application.