Types of Aid for CA Dreamers & Other Resources

When you complete your CA Dream Act application, the information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for the following State-funded programs:
 

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver-BOGW (only offered at Community Colleges)

The Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) waives the enrollment fees charged for an eligible student. It also reduces the cost of College parking permits, and the College’s Student Services Activities Fee.

Cal Grant (offered at Hartnell and CSU/UC)

The State of California, through the Student Aid Commission, offers several grant programs for undergraduate students. These include Cal Grant A, B, and C. A student can receive only one type of Cal Grant.

Cal Grant ACal Grant A is to be used at a four-year university. If a student is awarded a Cal Grant A and plans to attend a Community College, the grant will be placed on reserve until the student transfers to a UC/CSU.

Cal Grant B - Cal Grant B provides students a living allowance and tuition and fee assistance for low-income students. Awards for most first-year students are limited to an allowance for books and living expenses.

Cal Grant C - Cal Grant C awards assist with tuition and training costs at occupational or vocational programs. The award includes an amount for books, tools and equipment.

Chafee Grant (For Foster Students Only)

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.

Community College Completion Grant (for Full-Time Student Success Grant recipients)

This grant is designed to encourage students to a faster completion of their degree or certificate.  The award is paid to students who are already receiving a Full time Success Grant. The award total is $750 per semester and is given to students enrolled in at least 15 units and who have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Full-Time Student Success Grant (for Cal Grant B recipients)

The Full-Time Student Success Grant is a new financial aid program for Cal Grant B recipients attending a California community college full time. On top of the $1656 annual Cal Grant B award paid at community colleges, Full-Time Student Success Grant pays full-time Cal Grant B recipients an additional $1,000 annually. This grant is designed to encourage students to maintain full time status which speeds the completion of a student's degree and saves the student money. 

This program is being run through the California Community College Chancellor's Office and funded through the California Budget Act, 2015.

Middle Class Scholarship (only offered at CSU/UC)

Is a program that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $150,000, a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

Scholarships

Students should also seek and apply for scholarships. We encourage you to visit the Hartnell College Scholarship page for additional scholarship information.

On-Campus Resources:

The Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) is committed to supporting all students regardless of their residency status by providing a safe space for Dreamers (Room D-383) and providing additional resources such as helping students complete the AB540 Affidavit and Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) paperwork. Mi CASA also provides additional counseling and scholarship information. 

EOPS

The Hartnell College office of Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) provides support services to first generation, low income, under-represented college students. Students must complete a application with EOPS to be considered.

Additional Resources:

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC): Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF): Since its founding MALDEF has supported the next generation of civil rights advocates for the Latino Community. MALDEF currently offers a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students.

National Immigration Law Center: one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. 

I Can Afford College: Is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. This link features additional information on they types of aid that are available to Dream Act (AB 540) students.