Undocumented Students

Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students

DREAM Act (AB540)

Not a US Citizen or Permanent resident? Want to apply for financial aid, but cannot apply for federal aid due to your immigration status? Have you attended a California High School for three full years and graduated from a California High School or received your GED or passed the high school equivalency exam in California? You may be eligible for state financial aid under the California Dream Act. Read on!

What is the California DREAM ACT?

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

What is an AB 540 Student?

You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college; AND
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Where do I Start?

Apply for financial aid. For more information about the types of financial aid available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act, refer to the document below. You can link to many of the required applications directly from the chart, under the "Type of Application Required" column.

Available Types of Aid at CSUMB

Several types of state and institutional aid are available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act.

Check out the document below for additional information, eligibility and application timing. You can also link directly to several of the required applications from the chart, under the "Type of Application Required" column.

Available Types of Financial Aid at CSUMB

* To apply for any or all of the financial aid programs requiring the California Dream Application, you only need to complete and submit ONE application.

Still need help?

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 fvazquez@csumb.edu.