The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive funds from certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.
California Dream Act
The California Dream Act of 2011 consists of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on June 25, 2011; and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131), signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.
AB 130 is effective January 2012, and allows students attending CSUMB who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under another law, Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to be eligible to receive privately funded scholarships for attendance at CSUMB.
The second part of the California Dream Act, AB 131, goes into effect January 1, 2013, and allows students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under AB 540 and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to receive grants and scholarships from state and University sources.
AB 540 Eligibility Requirements
Under AB 540, a student who is without lawful immigration status may request exemption from paying nonresident tuition if the student:
Attended a California high school for 3 or more years, AND Graduated from a California high school or passed the GED or California High School Proficiency Exam.
What Types of Financial Assistance are Available
AB 131 allows students who qualify under the AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. As such, eligible AB540 students at CSUMB who complete the Dream Application will be considered for funding for the Spring 2013 semester, funding is subject to availability.
AB 131 has led to the California Student Aid Commission's (CSAC) development of the Dream Application – an alternative process to filing a FAFSA that has been developed for AB 540 students who want to apply for these state-funded programs. Please note that the Dream Application is an application/process that is facilitated by CSAC (not CSUMB).
Students may be selected for institutional verification of their application data. This will require the student to submit verification documents, such as information on household size, number in college, income verification, selective service verification for males, etc.
How do I apply?
The deadline for priority consideration for Spring 2013 funding is May 10, 2012
To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application which will be available to students beginning April 2, 2012. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131. While the application and processing begins in April 2012; eligible Dream applicants will not begin to receive their funding until after January 1, 2013 (the date which the law becomes effective).
Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid.
The Application Process
Beginning April 2, 2012 CSAC's Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB 131. While the application process begins in April 2012, eligible applicants will not receive funding until the Spring 2013 semester (once the law has become effective).
Once you have applied, the Financial Aid Office will receive your application information and will notify you by e-mail regarding the status of your application. Please note that SUG and EOP Awards are based on the availability of funds.