Dream Act (AB131) at Chabot College
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
Please start by
identifying your legal status or citizenship, then determine which application, if any, you should complete
for financial aid consideration.
should file either the FAFSA or the Dream Act Application, not both!
Resources, Information and
Read and explore this
entire page so you are most familiar w/ the Dream Act, how to apply,
Dream App -
is to be used ONLY by
undocumented students, who qualify as
If you are a
or are a
Permanent Resident, and have a "green card" or Alien
do NOT do the Dream App, but rather
complete the FAFSA (link) to be considered for both state and
federal financial aid.
to be used ONLY by students who do not have a valid Social
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
empowers undocumented young people to pursue their
dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United
States. Per their website, they address the holistic
needs of undocumented young people through direct
support, leadership and career development, community
outreach and education, creative expression, and
programming is designed by and for undocumented young
people with support from committed allies.
ICanAffordCollege.com is a
comprehensive outreach site brought to you by the
California Community Colleges, providing wide range of
financial aid information for wide variety of students.
Includes zip code locator to find nearest financial aid
offices, and upcoming workshop or application
*AB540- What is
Who qualifies for AB540?
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
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.
California Dream Act Application
(Cal Grants, BOG Fee Waiver,
Please Note: In order to be considered for
Grant 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 for more
information and instructions on how to fill out the California
Dream Act application.
California Student Aid Commission Dream Act Website