Financial Aid & the California Dream Act

Undocumented students are eligible for certain types of financial aid, excluding federal financial aid.

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act (CADA) allows undocumented and nonresident students who qualify for AB 540 to receive certain types of financial aid such as: private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Learn about AB 540 requirements here. CADA is authorized by Assembly Bills 130 and 131.

Apply for the California Dream Act here. Get more information here.

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Cal Grant

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline (March 2nd, 2020) and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements.

North Orange Promise

The North Orange Promise Scholars program is designed to transform the lives of students thorugh education and economic advancement.  Through this new grant program offered by North Orange County Community College District, first-time, full-time students will have access to one-year free tuition (enrollment fees) and student health fees covered. Local residents will have the opportunity to apply and attend any one of our prestigious institutions (Cypress College, Fullerton College, North Orange Continuing Education)  to achieve degrees, certifications, or 4-year university transfer goals. The minimum criteria to be eligible for the North Orange Promise grant are as follows:


  • First-time college student
  • Full-time student enrolled in 12 or more units at Cypress College or Fullerton College
  • Complete FAFSA/DREAM application through financial aid assistance
  • High school graduate (or North Orange Continuing Education graduate)
  • Meet California residency requirements or eligible for residency waiver (AB 540)

Promise Grant

(formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver)

The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is a state-wide award exclusive to California Community Colleges for California residents (including Dream Act students). The CCPG will waive the $46 per unit tuition fee and a portion of the parking permit fee.

Students are able to apply for the CCPG through myGateway. Get more information here.