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FINANCIAL AID

Dream Act (AB131) at Chabot College  

Under current law, out-of-state and undocumented students may pay CA resident tuition rates if they qualify under AB540*  (see definition below).  Effective January 1, 2013, AB 131 makes this limited pool of students eligible to apply for the CA Board of Governor's (BOG) Fee Waiver, entitlement Cal Grants, Chafee and other state aid.

There is a lot of information out there, and some of it is quite confusing. 

Please start with identifying what your legal status or citizenship is, then determine which application, if any, you should complete for financial aid consideration. 

Students should file either the FAFSA or the Dream Act Application, not both!

 Have you completed your Dream Act Application? Complete your file with the financial aid office by completing your forms.

Click Here for 2013-2014 Dream Act Forms.

 

Circumstances

Documentation

Complete this application!

 

 

 

 

US citizen

Born in U.S. or became Naturalized Citizen

Birth Certificate

U.S. Passport

Permanent Security Number (SSN)

 

A&R Residency:  C, O, E

FAFSA

Documented Permanent Resident

Born in a country other than the U.S. 

 

 

Resident Alien or "green card"

Permanent Social

Security Number (SSN)

 

 

A&R Residency:  C, O, E

FAFSA

 

 

 

 

Undocumented students, who qualify as AB540*

 

Do not have a legal SSN

Social Security cards with the words "Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization" or "Not Valid For Employment"

 

A&R Residency:  U

Dream App

 

 

 

 

Undocumented students, who do NOT qualify as AB540*

 

Do not have a legal SSN    Social Security cards with the words "Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization" or "Not Valid For Employment"

 

 

A&R Residency:  F

Unfortunately, you are ineligible for any form of federal or state financial aid

Non-immigrant, admitted to the US temporarily and granted one of the following Visas:

 

Visas:  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, V, TROV, and NATO

 

A&R Residency:  F

Unfortunately, you are ineligible for any form of federal or state financial aid

 

CSAC - http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp- read and explore this entire page so you are most familiar w/ the Dream Act, how to apply, etc.     

Dream App - https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ -

o   This application is to be used ONLY by undocumented students, who qualify as AB540*. 

o   If you are a U.S. citizen, or are a documented Permanent Resident, and have a "green card" or Alien Registration number, do NOT do the Dream App, but rather complete the FAFSA (link) to be considered for both state and federal financial aid. 

o   Check here for more info on which application you should complete -   https://dream.csac.ca.gov/Common/AssistApplicant.aspx

GPA Verification form- to be used ONLY by students who do not have a valid Social Security Number- http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/forms/grnt_frm/non-ssn_gpa_verification_form.pdf

*AB540- What is it?  Who qualifies for AB540?  Who qualifies for AB131?

Assembly Bill (AB) 540 was passed in 2001 to allow non-resident students in California to pay the lower resident tuition and fees to California's public colleges and universities.

In October 2011, AB131 was signed into law and allows students eligible for AB540 to also apply for state financial aid like the University of California Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governor's fee waivers for the 2012-13 school year and later Cal Grants for the 2013-14 school year.

To qualify for California financial aid through AB131, non-resident students, including undocumented students, must qualify as AB540 (determined by college Admissions & Records Office :

  • Have attended a California high school for 3 or more full academic years between grades 9 through 12. They do not need to be consecutive years
  • Have or will graduate from a California high school, attained a GED, or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)
  • Register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California
  • In the case of students without legal immigration status, fill out an affidavit stating that they have filed or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so
  • Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F,J,H,L,A,B,E, etc.)
  • Demonstrate financial need and meet all other program requirements

Unfortunately, the following students are not eligible to file a California Dream Act Application or the FAFSA:

Non-immigrants are, as defined by federal law, admitted to the United States temporarily and granted one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, V, TROV, and NATO.

Apply Now!

California Dream Act Application (Cal Grants, BOG Fee Waiver, Chafee Grant)

Please Note: In order to be considered for 2013-2014 Cal Grants you will also be required to submit a GPA verification form. Please print out the form and submit it to your high school or college to verify your GPA.

Please Click on the following link below for more information and instructions on how to fill out  the California Dream Act application.

California Student Aid Commission Dream Act Website

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