California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.

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First the basics

What are the AB540 requirements?

  • The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years

  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example: passed the GED or California High School Proficiency exam)

  • A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

Complete and submit the affidavit to:

Saddleback College Office of Admissions and Records

Visit the Admissions and Records California Residency Information page for more information.

What assistance is available to AB540 students?


AB130 (scholarships)

AB130 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for non-state funded scholarships. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students visit our scholarship information page.

AB131 (grants)

AB 131 allows student who qualify under AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. For more information visit Dream Act FA programs.

CA Dream Act Applications:

BOG Fee Waiver for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017: Now Available - Submit this On-line application.

Cal Grant Dream Act Application for the 2017-2018 academic year:  Apply October 1st- March 2nd, at

CA Dream Act Links:

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California Dream Act FAQs

California Dream Act Facts and Myths

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