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California Dream Application How to prepare your students to complete the California Dream Application.
Welcome The presentation will cover the following… – The difference between the FAFSA and the California Dream Application – How to prepare the student to apply for the California Dream Application – Step by Step of the California Dream Application – What happens after the student applies – Where can you and the student go for more assistance.
The California Dream Act The California Dream Act is a combination of two Assembly Bills, AB130 and AB131 AB 130 allows students who meet the AB540 criteria to apply for and receive non-state-funded scholarship for public colleges and universities. AB131 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive state funded financial aid, such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grants and Chaffee Grant
AB 540- In State Tuition Signed into law on October 12, 2001 Allows qualifying undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges (Community Colleges, CSU and UC). Qualifications: Student must have.. attended a California High School for 3 or more years. (or will) graduated from a California High School or have attained a G.E.D. registered at or currently enrolled at an accredited institution or higher education in California Filed or will file an affidavit as required by individual institution, stating that you will apply for legal residency as soon as possible. For information about how and when to apply, AB 540 students must contact their financial aid offices 4
AB 540 In State Tuition 5
AB Dream Act Part I Signed into law on July 25, 2011 Becomes effective January 1, 2012 Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for & receive private scholarships administered by the public colleges and universities, including scholarships funded through private donors alumni contributions individual departmental efforts For information about how and when to apply, AB 540 students must contact their financial aid offices 6
AB Dream Act Part I For Current AB 540 College Students: Current college students or Class of 2013: Check with your college or university financial aid or scholarship offices to find out about scholarships available starting this term Class of 2014: Seek out scholarships given out at your college or university for use in the Fall 2014 Term 7
AB Dream Act Part II Signed into law on October 8, 2011 Becomes effective January 1, 2013 Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to Apply for & receive institutional grants like UC Grant, State University Grant, Educational Opportunity Program and Educational Opportunity Program & Services fee waivers Apply for & receive Board of Governors fee waivers at the California Community Colleges Apply for & receive state financial aid, including Cal Grants and Chafee Foster Youth Grants for use at eligible public and private institutions 8
AB Dream Act Part II Class of 2014: Keep your grades up, so you can apply for a Cal Grant January 2014 to be a college freshman Class of 2013 or current college students: If attending UC or CSU, had to apply by March 2, For information about how and when to apply for institutional grants and fee waivers at colleges and universities, contact their campus financial aid offices If attending CCC, may still apply for CDA 9
Reality of AB540 students DACA = CDA DACA= FAFSA
Reality of AB540 students May or may not know that they do not have the Social Security number. DACA changed this! May or may not know what AB540 is and how it may apply to them. May or may not know about the California Dream Application. We need to be a trusted source of information for them.
Difference between the FAFSA and CDA The FAFSA is a federal form that legal non-citizens or citizens may use to apply for financial aid for university/college studies within the entire USA. The aid comes from federal, state and institutional sources. The CDA is a state form that AB540 students may use to apply for state and institutional sources. DACA does not change the legal status of a student, so students with a DACA should ONLY apply for the CDA. The Questions are the same on both forms. How the financial aid departments at universities or colleges are treating the application is mostly the same.
Prepared student Student and parents will need to have ready the following information – Taxes (parents & student) if filed – Parents complete name – Date of Birth – Date of Marriage, separation, or divorce – Students information (name, DOB, tax information) Downloadable worksheet on the California Student Aid Commission website
Step by Step This the 10 screens that the student will see when completing the California Dream Application. Go to
Start the application
If you clicked on more information
If you clicked on Visit FAFSA
Let Start the CDA
Which year * are you applying for? *(Note that it should now be )
Let do the Reminder that once in the application you have 30 minutes to submit, so please be ready.
Enter basic information…
Confirms account was created
Log into your account
One Screen Application with timer Auto completed information
SSN or ITIN There is no request for the student’s Social Security #, This is a request for the student’s ITIN, if the student has one, please enter it, other wise you may enter Student may have a SSN because they may have applied for DACA, DO NOT USE IT here
Student Statewide ID # This is a number that the student was given at there high school, you may find it on the student’s transcript. If the student is not able to locate the number, they may leave this blank.
CA Drivers License or ID Student’s that applied for DACA may have a CA Drivers License. They may enter the information. If the student does not have a CA Drivers License, they may leave this blank.
If you have an “A#” for a Green Card, then you apply for the FAFSA W# for work permits do not get entered.
Marital Status When you see the word “Select” you will have options to pick from.
Student Tax information
Student Tax Information
Will you provide parental information? This application does not give a choice, you see the parent questions, If the student answered “NO” to all the dependency questions, then they must provide Parent information. If the student answered Yes to any of the dependency question, they may choose to provide parent information
Parent Tax Information Parent martial status and date If parent does not have SS# What is Tax ID?
Where to find tax information
What happens after the student applies Once application is submitted it goes to California Student Aid Commission Submit between January 1- March 2. When CSAC processes the information, makes the application available to individual college/university Once institution receives the information, the financial aid office notifies the student the institution have the information Financial Aid office makes an offer of various financial assistance to student Student accepts the financial aid offer Student is awarded the financial aid money CSAC also s student to check dents.org to see if they are awarded dents.org
GPA Verification for High School Students Class of 2014 Use the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form The Date of Birth, student and High School/College will be used to identify the student. Leave the area for the social empty. Next to the area for the social security number write “California Dream Act” Deadline TBD – This Year’s Application has not yet been released
GPA Verification for High School Students Current College Student (less that 16 units) Use the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form The Date of Birth, student and High School/College will be used to identify the student. Leave the area for the social empty. Next to the area for the social security number write “California Dream Act” Deadline TBD – This Year’s Application has not yet been released
GPA Verification for High School Students Current College Students ( more than 16 units) Automatically submitted electronically by college/university to CSAC. Deadline TBD – This Year’s Application has not yet been released
Where can the student go for help Student Support Services at the California Student Aid Commission Or visit For more information about other scholarships for which AB 540 students might be eligible, please visit
Where can a counselor go for help Obtain a contact at the local institution financial aid office. Contact at the CSAC office – School Support – Araceli Aguirre