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Completing the California Dream Act Application 2014-15 Mark Franco EOPS Counselor
Agenda Introduction – AB 540, AB 130 & 131 Cal Grants Important Dates & Deadlines Where can I apply? Cal. Dream Act Application What’s Next?
Introduction The California Dream Act Application is used to determine the California state financial eligibility of students who meet the qualifications of Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540). The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will process this application. Any aid received can only be used at eligible California institutions.
To complete the California Dream Act Application to receive aid from the State of California as a non-resident applying under AB 540, you must meet the following requirements: Attend high school in California for at least 3 full years. Earn a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). File an affidavit with the college or university you are attending stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status OR that you will file an application as soon as you are eligible to do so.
The California Dream Act The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills; Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) & Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive: Private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130) – private donors, alumni contributions, individual departmental State-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131). – state financial aid, including Cal Grants
Money you don’t have to pay back Meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements Can be used at any – University of California – California State University or – California Community College – As well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California What is Cal. Grant
Who can apply for Cal Grant? For students who: Are graduating high school seniors Attend community college and are planning to transfer to a 4- year institution in Fall 2014. (Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement) Are enrolled in a technical or vocational school may apply for Cal Grant C Entitlement
Be a California resident or meet AB 540 requirements Be a U.S. citizen, eligible non- citizen or meet AB 540 requirements Meet Selective Service requirements Attend an eligible California school Not be in default on a federal student loan Not have earned a BA/BS degree Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress Not be incarcerated Be enrolled at least half-time General Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements
Important Dates January 1-March 2, 2014: Apply for Cal Grants beginning January 1, 2014, Fall of 2014 Deadline March 2nd! Apply for help institutional and college scholarships as UC Grants, State Univerisity Grants by priority deadlines
To complete the application, gather the following documents: W-2 forms and other 2013 records of income (if you or your parents have any) 2013 income tax return (s) (if you or your parents have one) For more information if you or your return(s) have not been completed, see the instructions on the Dream Act Application
Taxes What happens if I have not filed taxes before completing my application… If you have not filed taxes, you can give an approximate amount using the previous year’s income. What if I do not file taxes.... In order to complete the CA Dream Act Application, you must provide an estimate of your income.
Important Details for AB 540 students Your application may be selected for verification by the college/university Many California Dream Act applicants submitted taxes using the ITIN Personal Identification Number Taxpayer (Identification Tax ID Number)
www.csac.ca.gov Accessing the California Dream Act Application
You will be asked specific questions to determine your eligibility for the Cal. Dream Act. For example: – Do you have a social security number? – Did you obtain your social security number granted through Deferred Action? – Do you meet the AB 540 criteria?
What happens to the information and how will I know if I qualify? Once the application is signed the student will receive a page confirmation or any changes needed in the application. The information will be electronically transferred to institutions in approximately 8 days.
How to Apply for a Cal Grant To Apply for a Cal Grant: Submit a California Dream Act Application, AND A school-verified Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) Apply after January 1 and Before March 2, 2014
Cal Grant A High school seniors With a minimum 3.0 GPA Cal Grant CCC Grant Transfer Entitlement Students who transfer to a CCC to a four-year university Have graduated from a California high school after 1/7/00 and not yet reached 28 years With a minimum GPA of 2.40
Cal Grant B High school graduates With a minimum GPA of 2.0 Cal Grant B CCC Transfer Entitlement Students at a CCC use to transfer to a university program Have graduated from high school after 7/1/00 and not to be over 28 years GPA is used only CCC (Minimum GPA 2.40) Potentially unlimited number of awards
Cal Grant C For Vocational/Technical/Occupational Students Assist with tuition and training costs for occupational, technical, and vocational programs The award includes up to $547 for books, tools and equipment — and up to $2,462 more for tuition Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of the program
When will I know if I qualify? Have I submitted the Cal. Dream Act Application? Mailed the GPA Verificaion Form? For the Cal Grant, students will receive an email which will say if they qualify or do the following.
After you complete the Dream Act Application Establish a WebGrants for Students Account at www.webgrants4students.org
What is WebGrants 4 Students? “WebGrants 4 Students” is a website that: Is separate from the California Dream Act Application site Access to your Cal Grant award information Stay on top of your grant application Provides valuable information about other types of financial aid Provides links to other related financial aid sites
Further Notes for Dreamers Most males, age 18 through 25 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for state student aid. You can register on the Web at www.sss.gov.
Go to www.webgrants4students.orgwww.webgrants4students.org Hit “Create an Account”
Instead of a Social Security Number, students who completed the Dream Act Application must use their Dream Act ID number to establish a WebGrants for Students account.
Cal Grant A Pays University of California – $12192 (Tuition/Fees) California State University – $ 5472 (Tuition/Fees) Community College – Award is held in Reserve Private / Proprietary – $9084 (Tuition/Fees)
Cal Grant B Pays University of California – $12192 (Tuition /Fees) $1473 California State University – $ 5472 (Tuition/Fees) Community College – $ 1473 Private / Proprietary – Up to $9084 (Tuition/Fees)
1 st time freshman are potentially eligible for up to four years of Cal Grant payment What is your educational goal - an Associate Degree or a Bachelors Degree? Use your eligibility wisely Save eligibility for when you transfer Can take breaks by using a Leave of Absence How long might I have a Cal Grant?
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