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Applying to CA DREAM ACT

What is the California Dream Act?

The California Dream Act Application allows AB540 students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Technical Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. Many California colleges and universities require a completed CA Dream Act application to be eligible for additional institutional aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Learn more: dream.csac.ca.gov

To complete the California Dream Act application:

Students will need:

  • Their and their parents prior year W-2 forms (if they worked)
  • Their and their parents prior year tax forms (if they filed)
  • Parent’s marital status and marriage/divorce date (month/year)
  • Parent’s date of birth (month/day/year)
  • Record of untaxed income such as social security benefits or welfare benefits

When to apply: Application is available October 1 through March 2

We strongly recommend students complete the application as early as possible before March 2. All financial data submitted are subject to verification.

Students who wish to apply for the 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate Scholarship must first fill out the FAFSA OR California DREAM ACT application. Eligible students must file the free application for federal student aid (fafsa) before completing the 10,000 Degrees application.

Step 1: Create a CA Dream Act account

Visit dream.csac.ca.gov to create your CA Dream Act account.

What if I have a Social security number?

If you have a SSN through DACA, TPS, or U-Visa you file CA Dream Act. If you have a SSN through Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residence you file FAFSA.

Am I AB540?

You can review your AB540 eligibility here.


Step 2: Apply to CA Dream Act

Visit dream.csac.ca.gov to apply.

CA Dream Act Application FAQs: 

Selective service for male students

Male students are required to register with the Selective Service regardless of immigration status in order to receive financial aid. 

Register online here.

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Bishop
Chief Program Officer

Phone: 415.524.7327
Email: vanessa.bishop (at) 10000degrees.org

Hugo Que
Interim Director Of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa

Phone: 707.328.4402
Email: hque (at) 10000degrees.org

Jose Jimenez
Director of College Access, San Francisco & South Bay

Email: jjimenez (at) 10000degrees.org

Tania Requenes
Director of Community College Success

Phone: 415.246.8283
Email: trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org

Karla Santiago
Director of 4 Year & Alumni Success

Phone: 415.720.9063
Email: ksantiago (at) 10000degrees.org

Eli Weinzveg
Director of College Pathways, Sonoma & Napa

Email: eli.weinzveg (at) 10000degrees.org