California Dream Act

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California Community College Students Legal Advisory 2019-03

California Dream Act Application (CADAA):


The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is available for students who qualify for AB540 residency status and are not eligible to complete the FAFSA application.  The CADAA is available starting October 1st of each year for the upcoming academic year.  The CADAA will determine your eligibility for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) as well as additional forms of financial aid offered by the State of California. 

AB540 Residency is determined by the Saddleback College Admissions and Records Office.  Visit the Admissions and Records Office page for details regarding AB540 Residency.

Students who are eligible for AB540 residency status may apply for the CADAA and could be eligible for the following:

  • California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
  • State financial aid such as Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE, or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships


Please view this link for frequently asked questions: Dream Act FAQs

Contact the Saddleback College Financial Aid Office with additional questions.


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California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant(DSIG) Program


The California Dream Service Incentive Grant (DSIG) encourages California Dream Act Application students with a Cal Grant B award to perform community or volunteer service.  The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) awards up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester or up to $1,000 per quarter) to 2,500 eligible students. The grant is available to the student for up to 8 semesters while they have an active Cal Grant B award. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete any necessary verification for their Cal Grant B award.

Dream Act Service Incentive Grant FAQs

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