CA Dream Act Process and Aid

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act authorized state-funded financial aid for students who may not have legal immigration status at the time they apply for financial aid. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has developed the California Dream Application for eligible students to use to apply for state-funded financial aid.

Students who can apply for federally-funded financial aid should not complete the California Dream Application. Instead, those students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See the Dream Act - Who is Eligible webpage for information on whether or not you should file the CA Dream Application or the FAFSA.

For Application and Deadline information, see the Dream Act - How to Apply webpage.

For an overview of the CA Dream Act financial aid process, see the Dream Act - Aid Process webpage.

A list of the state-funded grant programs and information about a new state-funded loan program can be found on the Dream Act - Aid Programs page.

If you believe you are eligible under the CA Dream Act, please read all of these pages thoroughly. If you are unsure of which financial aid application to fill out, please contact our office at 707-664-2389 or email