CA Dream Act Application
Step 1: Complete the Dream Act Application
The CSUMB Federal School Code is: 032603
The Dream Act Application(dream.csac.ca.gov) is the core financial aid application used and must be completed in order for a student to be considered for most types of financial aid. The Dream Act Application must be completed each year, and can be submitted online. Income figures may be estimated. Student and/or parent must update tax information after taxes are finalized.
Step 2: Make any necessary corrections to Your Application
Once you have filed your Dream Act Application, your information will be processed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office within one week. You can make any necessary corrections online via the Dream Act Application website.
Step 3: Submit any additional documentation requested
The California Student Aid Commission will electronically transmit the Dream Act Application information to CSUMB. We will then review the data to determine if any additional documents (i.e., tax returns, citizenship documentation, etc.) are needed. This review is undertaken to ensure the accuracy of the information reported.
If you were selected for Verification, please visit the Financial Aid Verification & Conflicting Information section of our website for instructions on how to complete your Financial Aid file.
Please do NOT send information or documents that are not requested.
If additional documents are required you will receive an email with the details and deadlines. Please follow the instructions on each form for submission requirements. You will have the option to submit one or more of the following ways:
- In person to the Financial Aid Office (3rd Floor, Student Services Building).
- By mail to: CSUMB, Financial Aid Office, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955
After you have submitted any requested additional documentation, your information will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness.
Step 4: Review your financial aid award notice
Your financial aid award will be based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This number lets the Financial Aid Office know what types of aid you are eligible for. Award notifications are only prepared for two populations of students:
- Admitted Students, who receive a paper award notification and email. Notifications are sent out beginning in mid-April.
- Continuing (currently enrolled) Students, who receive an electronic notification via CSUMB email.
- If your household or financial circumstances have changed since the tax year you used on Dream Act Application, you can file a Student and/or Parent Income Change Form in Financial Aid Forms under "Other (aid year) Forms" section.
Step 5: Accept/decline your awards
All financial aid awards are accepted online through your Dashboard. Be sure to review your Financial Aid Award Notice as well as the steps to access your Dashboard. To receive your funds, you must accept your award(s), maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and for most programs, be enrolled at least half-time.
To ensure receipt of all funds offered, please read and respond promptly to the financial aid award notification. Check your status and continuously read your CSUMB email account. Information about your application status, eligibility, and awards can be accessed at any time on your Dashboard.
The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
- State University Grant (SUG)
- Cal Grant and Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOP, CARE, or CALWORKS
- Privately funded scholarships
Step 6: Submit the Dream Act annually
Students who file during this time period and who demonstrate the highest need will be given priority consideration for financial aid funding. Those students who submit their applications after March 2 will not be given priority consideration; awards will be based on the remaining funds available.
California residents applying for a Cal Grant must submit a GPA Verification Form as well as the FAFSA by the March 2 deadline. GPA Verification Forms are available from the student's high school counselor or online at the California Student Aid Commission’s website.
Need additional assistance?
The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you reach your goals. For questions specific to Undocumented Students or DREAM Application process contact Fernanda Vazquez, Financial Aid Counselor, at 831-582-3776 or through email.