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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.


  • 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).


  • 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.

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.