Dream Act Forms
The California Dream Act of 2011 became law through the passage of Assembly Bill AB 130 and AB 131.
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities. This became effective 1/1/12 and is currently in place.
AB131 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant, Chaffee Grant and EOPS. This becomes effective 1/1/13.
Under AB131, eligibility for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW) at California community colleges will become effective January 1, 2012. Eligibility for CalGrant is effective for the 2013-14 school year.
To receive Dream Act, AB540 and AB131 benefits, students must:
- Have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years.
- Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED, also called General Educational Development test).
- Enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education.
- 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.
- To get a Cal Grant, students must also meet all other Cal Grant eligibility criteria. For additional information on Cal Grant eligibility, click here.
If you have questions regarding whether or not you qualify for AB540 status, please go to the Admissions office or click here for their AB540 webpage. If you are already an AB540 student and have questions about your California Dream Application or eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
BOG Fee Waiver – Adrianne Sinapati, email email@example.com
CalGrants – Pat Miranda, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms & Resources
Click here to access much more information on the California Dream Act, including videos, links, forms and more resources.
To apply for BOG Fee Waiver for 2013-14, please click here for the online application.
Did you know there is an ASO club for AB540 students? It's called IDEAS @ SWC (Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success). You can check it out on Facebook (Ideas At Swc ) or contact club advisor Norma Cazares at email@example.com if you're interested.