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California Dream Act

California Dream Act of 2011 Updates (AB 131)

What is the California Dream Act?

The California Dream Act is an opportunity for AB-540 students to apply for and receive several different types of financial aid, including:

  • Board of Governors (BOG) fee waivers (as of Spring 2013)
  • State financial aid, such as Cal Grants and Chafee Grants (as of Fall 2013)
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWorks
  • Privately-funded scholarships

What is an AB-540 student?

You are an AB-540 student and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California High School for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California High School, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California Community College;
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

    The Dream Act Application is now available for completion at The application is very similar to the FAFSA and will require student and/or parent income information.  The Dream Application does not automatically make a student eligible for State aid; students must meet all other required eligibility requirements.

    Once you have applied, the Financial Aid Office will receive your application information and will notify you by email regarding the status of your application.

    Students who ARE eligible to complete the FAFSA should NOT complete the California Dream Act Application.

    Please note that eligibility for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOG) is additionally conformed through completion of an eligibility affidavit and review of official high school transcripts. In order for any eligibility for the CCP Grant Fee Waiver to be determined, students will need to submit their official high school transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office.

    For more information on the Dream Act and/or AB 131, please visit and click on the "Cal Dream Act" button.

    Please contact your college Admissions Office to determine if you are AB-540 eligible.

    California Dream Act Workshops:

    A Free Workshop for AB-540 Students

    Presented by the Chaffey College, Financial Aid Office
    Come find out about the California Dream Act and financial aid programs available for AB-540 students. At these workshops you will:

    • Learn about the California Dream Act and other financial aid programs available
    • Receive assistance completing a Dream Act application
    • Get all your questions answered

    Please join us for this free workshop! Students must sign up in advance at:

    ....Sign-up URL will be available soon, please check back...


Financial Aid Office Hours

Friday, November 9

All Financial Aid offices in Fontana and Chino will be closed beginning at 1pm and the Rancho Campus will close at 2pm.

Monday, November 12

All Financial Aid offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Mon. & Thur. 7:30am - 7:00pm
Tues. & Wed. 7:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Learn about financial aid
through these short videos

FinAid TV

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Changes to the
FAFSA Process
for 2017-2018

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

You can now apply for
the 2017-2018 school year!
File a 2017-18 FAFSA
as early as October 1st
to apply for aid for the Fall 2017 term.

BankMobile Disbursements
to learn about how disbursements are made!

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California Student Aid Commission

Questions about CalGrants?
Check out the CSAC site.

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Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Visit this site or your
ILP worker for more info.

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Trusted source for enrollment verification and loan/lender information.



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