California DREAM Act

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Dream Act Information

The California Dream Act of 2011 was passed into laws AB 130 and AB 131.  At Diablo Valley College these laws allows AB-540 eligible students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:


    • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
    • State financial aid like Entitlement 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


Step 2:  Submit FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Once you have been determined AB540-eligible, please complete and submit the following applications:


  1. FAFSA for students with Social Security numbers (non-DACA) OR the California Dream Act On-line Application
  2. Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application
    If you are only interested in applying for a fee waiver, please submit this form to the Financial Aid Office.


The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131.

Once you have applied, the Financial Aid Office will receive your application information and will notify you by email regarding the status of your application. Students may be selected for institutional verification of their application data. This will require the student to submit verification documents.

Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid.

Note: If you have already submitted a CA Dream Act Application and have questions, please contact:
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) at: or 888-224-7268


Additional Information

California DREAM Act

The California DREAM Act of 2011 consists of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB130), signed into law by Governor Brown on June 25, 2011; and Assembly Bill 131 (AB131), signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.

AB130 goes into effect on January 1, 2012. It gives California public colleges and universities the opportunity to allow undocumented students who qualify for AB540 criteria to apply and compete for scholarship awards. These include scholarships funded through private donors, alumni contributions, or individual departmental efforts.

AB 131 allows for students who qualify under the AB540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, Cal Grant, and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. Funding is subject to availability.

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