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 undocumented/Dreamer students at Ohlone College:
- California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
- AB19/2 (Two years free tuition for first time full time college students. Students who are eligible for the Promise Grant are not eligible for AB19/2)
- Cal Grant Programs for AB 540 eligible students
- Student Success Completion Grant (Students must be receiving full time payment for Cal Grant to receive SCG Grant)
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs (Assistance with Books and Educational Supplies, etc.)
- Chafee Grant
- Institutionally-funded scholarships
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:
- Complete CA Dream Act Application by March 2
- Certified GPA must be submitted to the Student Aid Commission by March 2 (visit Cal Grant programs for GPA submission process)
Application is available on October 1 each year. Be sure to fill out the correct year application
For 2020-2021 Academic Year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021): fill out 2020-2021 CA Dream Act Application
For 2021-2022 Academic Year (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022): fill out 2021-2022 CA Dream Act Application
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 requirements
- Satisfaction of either of the followings:
- attended CA high school for three or more years
- attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and California Community College for the equivalent of three years or more, or
- attained credits from CA high school equivalent to three or more years of high school course work and attended a combination of elementary schools, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years
- Graduated or will graduate (before the first term of enrollment at CCC) from a California high school with a high school diploma or the equivalent (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam), or
A. received or will receive an Associate's Degree from a California community college, or
B. fulfilled or will fulfill the minimum requirements at a CCC for transfer to the California State University or the University of California
- Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university.
- Complete an AB540-affidavit (PDF) saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
- Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, V, TROV, NATO)**
**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: