California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.

What are the AB540 requirements?

  • The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years


  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example: passed the GED or California High School Proficiency exam)


  • A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
    Complete and submit the affidavit to the Admissions & Records Office located in Welch Hall Room C-290.

What assistance is available to AB540 students?

AB130 (Scholarships)

AB130 allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for non-state funded scholarships. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students visit the CSUDH scholarship page.

AB131 (Grants)

AB 131 allows students who qualify under the AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. This law takes effect on January 1, 2013. As such, eligible AB540 students at CSU Dominguez Hills who complete the Dream Application will be considered for funding for the Spring 2013 semester.

Students may be selected for institutional verification of their application data. This will require the student to submit verification documents, such as information on household size, number in college, income verification, selective service verification for males, etc.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2000 and Dream Act Application

Beginning January 1, 2015 AB 2000 amends the school attendance requirement of AB 540 and designates that if a student has not attended a California High School for at least three years, that portion of the eligibility criteria may be replaced by the following:

  •  Attainment of three years’ worth of high school credits from a California High School (equivalent to 3 or more years of full-time high school coursework), and
  • A total of 3 or more years of attendance in California elementary or secondary schools, or a combination of those schools (the years do not have to be sequential).


The California Dream Act Application is for:

  • Undocumented students who meet AB 540/AB 2000 criteria,
  • U visa holders, and
  • AB 540 eligible students who hold a Social Security Card obtained through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); DACA holders are not eligible noncitizens.

AB 540 undocumented students should fill out only one application, the California Dream Act Application and not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


How do I apply?

2018 – 2019 Funding: Priority Application Filing period is October 1, 2017 – March 2, 2018*

The online new Dream Application for the 2018 – 2019 Academic year will be available beginning October 1, 2017 at

If you are a returning student click here to renew your Dream Act Application for 2017-2018.

Students who wish to apply for the Cal Grant programs in addition to SUG and EOP Grants should apply between during the priority application filing period (October 1, 2017 through March 2, 2018).

*State applications with deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday will be accepted on the next business day.