What is California Dream Act?

The California Dream Act allows undocumented/DACA students who qualify for a non-resident exemption under Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) to receive certain types of financial aid such as: private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, California College Promise Grant (formerly known as fee waiver), and Cal Grants.

Below are programs available for AB540 eligible students at Ohlone College:

           High School Entitlement Cal Grant A & B

CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant A & B

Cal Grant C
(Dreamers are not eligible to receive Competitive Cal Grants. Students can only receive Cal Grant B or C at Community College)

Visit California Student Aid Commission for more information

How to apply for California Dream Act financial aid?

Apply online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

Deadline for Cal Grant:

  1. Complete CA Dream Act Application by March 2
  2. Certified GPA must be submitted to the Student Aid Commission by March 2 (visit Cal Grant programs for GPA submission process)

Be sure to fill out the correct year application

For 2018-2019 Academic Year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019)
For 2019-2020 Academic Year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020)

Ohlone School Code is: 004481.

What is an AB 540 student?

You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Satisfaction of either of the following:
    1. High School attendance in California for three or more years.
    2. Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
  2. Graduated or will graduate from a California high school or obtained a Certificate or General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
  3. Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
  4. Complete an AB540-affidavit (PDF) saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
  5. Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)**

**If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you may be eligible for the California Dream Act.

Privately Funded Institutional Scholarships

Beginning February 1, the Ohlone College Foundation has scholarships available which help pay for education-related expenses. Visit Ohlone Foundation Scholarship web site for Ohlone College Foundation scholarships.

Students can find more information on scholarships at the following sites: