Financial aid & ca Dream act

Undocumented students may be eligible for certain types of financial aid. Please scroll down to learn about aid available to you including the CA DREAM Act!

Financial Aid & CA DREAM ACT

California Dream Act

 What is the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)?

The CADAA authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

    • AB 130 (2012) allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state, privately-funded scholarships for public colleges and universities. 
    • AB 131 (2013) allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

The deadline to apply to the CA Dream Act is March 2nd of every year!

To apply to the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) click on the image below:

Get more information about CADAA here.

Create an account on to view the status of your application.

Other resources for financial aid (Immigrants Rising)

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 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements.  Visit Fullerton College Financial Aid for more information.

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.

Have more questions about financial aid and the CA Dream Act?

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We have compiled information from different legal sources, however we encourage you to seek legal advice for your own case as each situation requires analysis from multiple perspectives.

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