How do I apply?

CDE & CSAC Press Release:

A joint press release from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has emphasized the difference between the California Dream Act Application 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.
Read the complete joint statement from CSAC and CDE

The California Dream Act Application collects basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for state and institutional aid. 

The CA Dream Act Application must be filed every year. View the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website for application instructions, FAQ's and additional information.

CA Dream Act Application

Now that I have applied, what happens next?

Students will receive:

  • a Student Aid Report (SAR) from CSAC (California Student Aid Commission), and 
  • an Acknowledgement Letter (DRL) from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. The Acknowledgement Letter acknowledges that SJSU has received the student's CA Dream Act Application, and provides instructions and deadline dates to submit items found on their MySJSu To-Do List.

Only students selected for verification will have items placed in their MySJSU To-Do List. 

  • For students selected for verification, there is a priority deadline to submit documents to be considered for maximum funding. The deadline date is indicated in the acknowledgement letter.  
  • Students who submit all required documents by dates indicated below, will have a registration fee deferral assigned. Students not meeting the deadline MUST pay their registration fees from their own resources by the payment deadline.
      • June 30, 2017 for a Fall 2017 registration fee deferral
      • December 14, 2017, for a Spring 2018 registration fee deferral 

2017-2018 academic year 

Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if an Acknowledgement Letter is not received within two weeks of submitting a CA Dream Act application: or 408-283-7500.

2018-2019 academic year

Approximate timeframe to receive an Acknowledgement Letter is one to two months IF your application is completed in October/November 2017.


View Seven Steps to Financial Aid for more information on the financial aid process.