This webpage provides information and resources for undocumented youth who are interested in pursuing higher education. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and supportive campus environment regardless of residency status and assist with their integration into campus life.
The CA Dream Act consists of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131. Together these bills allow undocumented students to apply for and received private scholarships (AB130) and state financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB131).
Allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at:
- California Community Colleges
- California State University (CSUs)
- Universities of California (UCs)
Department of Homeland Security program that will defer the removal of certain eligible undocumented youths and allow them to apply for work authorization if they are granted DACA.
Learn more about DACA by clicking on the following links:
State Financial Aid
Students are encouraged to submit their California DREAM Act Application for state aid between October 1 - March 2nd of every year.Apply for the California Dream Act
The following links are recommended to learn more about AB 540 students and financial aid eligibility:
There are numerous scholarships available for high school students and college students regardless of their immigration status. Contact the scholarship providers for a current update on their application process.
- CSU - Resources for Undocumented As a leader in higher education, the 23-campus California State University is committed to ensuring academic opportunities are available to all the state's students, regardless of citizenship status. If you are an undocumented student, there are many resources available to you -from grants, loans and scholarships to legal and campus support services.
- MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund) offers a scholarship resource guide for high school, college, and graduate students and a DREAM Act Student Activist Scholarship Program for college and graduate students.
- Educators for Fair Consideration provide a scholarship list that includes scholarships available to both US and non-US citizens.
- Beca Nacional
- California Strawberry Scholarship Program
- CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation
- Salvadorean American Leadership and Educational Fund
- The Dream. US Scholarship
- Scholarship Guide for Hispanics
Additional information & guides
- Underground Undergrads: A blog of stories and first-hand accounts from AB 540 students at UCLA. Also, features up-to-date information on AB540 students and the California and Federal Dream Acts.
- CHIRLA: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has been at the forefront in the fight for immigrant and refugee rights in Los Angeles and across the state and nation.
- United We Dream: United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- EDUCATORS FOR FAIR CONSIDERATION (E4FC)
- Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD)
Resources at CSU Monterey Bay
- Cooperative Learning Center
- Campus Health Center (Note: AB 540 students have access to medical care which is included in tuition fees)
- Financial Aid Office
- College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
- Personal Growth & Counseling Center
- Otter Cross Cultural Center
- Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Undocumented Student Support Services