The California Dream Act Application allows AB540 students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career 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
Students will need you and your parents’ current or previous year’s tax returns and W-2’s.
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.
Go to dream.csac.ca.gov
If you have a SSN through DACA, TPS, or U-Visa you file CA Dream Act.
You can review your AB 540 eligibility at: csac.ca.gov/post/california-nonresident-tuition-exemption
An IRS tax return transcript is a document that shows the financial information from the requested tax year. It is a summary of personal and financial information.
Some colleges may request a parent and/or student tax return transcript to verify the information reported on a FAFSA or CA Dream Act. The student must provide the tax return transcript by the given deadline to the schools financial aid office in order to receive their financial aid rewards.
A tax return transcript can be obtained by online, mail, and phone.
A SAR is a summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA or CA Dream Act. This includes financial information, student dependency, and household size. It hides private information such as individuals SSN/ITINS.
The SAR lists information as reported on your FAFS/CADA and this is the information that 10,000 Degrees Scholarship Team uses to award scholarships.
The student has to log in to their FAFSA or CADA to retrieve their SAR. Download their SAR as PDF, and re-upload it to 10,000 Degrees.