Dream Act

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.

CA Dream Act


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).

AB 540 (California)

Allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at:

- California Community Colleges

- California State University (CSUs)

- Universities of California (UCs)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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:

- Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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.

List of Scholarships for AB540

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Additional information & guides

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

Study Abroad DACA Resources

Scholarship Provider Guide

Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students

Resources at CSU Monterey Bay

CSUMB clubs and organizations