California Dream Act (AB540)
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The passage of AB540 established an exemption from non-resident tuition for certain out-of-state students and undocumented students. Students meeting AB540 requirements may qualify for state and institutional aid.
CDE & CSAC Press Release:
A joint press release from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) has emphasized the difference between the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, while reassuring Dreamers they are still able to receive financial aid.
The letter explained that the California Dream Act is a state law, separate and distinct from the federal DACA program. Regardless of what happens at federal level, state financial aid for Dreamers remains legal in California. The letter also highlighted:
- Losing DACA status will not affect most state financial aid
- Dream Act students do not need to be DACA-certified
- Eligible students are able to receive state financial aid while attending colleges in California
- CADAA is only used to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with the federal government or used for immigration enforcement purposes.
Read the complete joint statement here from the Commission and California Department of Education.