California Dream Act: State Aid for Undocumented Students
There has been a great deal of discussion and media coverage related to potential federal action related to DACA. The Office of General Counsel has an FAQ that has been posted on the Resources for Undocumented Students website under the Systemwide Communications and Guidance section.
This is a dynamic situation and if any action is taken, the Chancellor’s Office will communicate that action and its potential effects on students and staff as soon as it is available.
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.
Students who are auditing classes or taking classes for "no credit" are not eligible for any financial aid towards those registration fees.