California Dream Act

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The passage of California Dream Acts - AB 130 and AB 131 - extend the eligibility for state funded aid, including institutional scholarships, to undocumented (Dreamer) students. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be considered AB 540 students. Under this California law, students do not have to pay out-of-state tuition and are charged as in-state students. 

Eligibility for AB 540:

  • Attended a combination of elementary/middle school and high school in CA equalling 3 or more years AND
  • Be a High School Graduate (or CHSPE/GED) AND
  • File an affidavit stating that you will apply for legal immigration status as soon as possible. (Important Step)
  • Student cannot hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc)

The Application

Whether or not students think they are eligible, we encourage them to apply for financial aid every year.

The annual priority filing deadline for State grant consideration is March 2. 

Applying begins by completing the California Dream Act Application.

Note: AB540 Students, even those with DACA information, must complete the CA Dream Act App and NOT the FAFSA

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No appoitment required! Walk-ins are welcome.

Important things to remember:

  • Apply early! Applications now available starting in October
  • Submit your application by March 2 
  • Make sure the name you use on the Dream Act App matches your Admissions App
  • Include Hartnell College on your application. School Code: 001209
  • Complete the AB 540 affidavit (see AB540 eligibility requirements at the top of this page) 
  • Create a Webgrants Account for updates on Cal Grant Award
  • Reapply every year!