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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CADAA?

Students who have attended a California high school for

a minimum of three years; graduate from a California high

school or General Education Development test (GED), High

School Equivalency Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary

Completion (TASC) or the California High School Proficiency

Exam (CHSPE).* And, students that have attended a

California high school or have graduated early from a

California high school with the equivalent of three or more

years of credits; If the student graduates early, they must

have attended a California elementary or secondary school

for a cumulative total of 3 or more years.

Students have one year after high school to apply for a

guaranteed Cal Grant through the California Dream Act.

Once an eligible student receives a Cal Grant award, the

Cal Grant may be received for up to four years, but students

must apply and enroll in an accredited and qualified

California community college, university, career, technical,

or vocational education program. Students who apply for a

Cal Grant may qualify for other state aid such as CalWorks,

the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth, the California Community

Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, University of

California (UC), and California State University (CSU) campus-

based public scholarships, and private scholarships.

Go online and complete the CADAA between October 1 and

March 2 of your senior year in high school or within one

year after graduation or receipt of your General Education

Development test (GED), High School Equivalency test

(HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or the

California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) score.* A

school verified Grade Point Average (GPA) form completes a

Cal Grant application. In-person help is available for FAFSA

or CADAA applicants at local Cash for College workshops

throughout California in January and February. For dates and

locations, visit

www.cash4college.org .

*Students can submit an SAT, ACT or General Education

Development test (GED), High School Equivalency test

(HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or

the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) test

score instead of their GPA.

CADAA applicants may also apply for other state aid such as

CalWorks, the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth, the California

Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver,

University of California (UC) and California State University

(CSU) campus-based public scholarships, and private

scholarships. Other aid can be found through community

groups and organizations including the Mexican American

Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) at

www.maldef.

org, and Educators for Fair Consideration (EF4C) at

www. e4fc.org . Th

e CADAA is online at

www.caldreamact.org .

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD

ARRIVALS (DACA)

Completing the DACA process does not prevent students

from applying for California Dream Act financial aid.

California students who have applied for or received

approval for Deferred Action should complete the California

Dream Act Application, not the Free Application for Federal

Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more at

www.uscis.gov , w ww. e4fc.org or www.weownthedream.org .

Persons who receive a “Valid for Work Only” Social Security

card as a result of completing the DACA process do not

meet the federal financial aid requirements. If the student

meets the AB 540 requirements, complete the California

Dream Act Application and contact the financial aid office at

the colleges to ask if any other applications are required.

California Dream Act Application information is not shared

with federal databases. California Dream Act student and

parent information is protected by the same privacy and

information security laws and safeguards as all other Cal

Grant applicants.

The California Dream Act is a combination of four assembly

bills: AB 540, AB 130, AB 131, and AB 2000. Together,

these measures allow undocumented and nonresident

documented students who meet certain provisions to be

treated the same as resident students.

AB 540, passed in 2001, allows students meeting all of the

following criteria to pay the same tuition and fees as resident

students at California public colleges and universities. The

California Dream Act extended Cal Grant A & B Entitlement

awards, Cal Grant C awards, institutional grants, and

community college fee waivers to students who meet these

same criteria. AB 540 provides for in-state tuition assistance.

AB 130 (2011) makes provisions for private scholarships

(see your intended college or university for applications

and deadlines). AB 131 (2011) makes available Institutional

grants like the UC “University Grant” or the CSU “State

University Grant” (see your intended college or university for

applications and deadlines), California Community Colleges

Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG fee waiver) (see your

local community college for application), and Cal Grant

(apply every year between October 1 and March 2).

To receive California Dream Act (CADAA) aid

students must:

• Not have filled out a FAFSA

• Have attended a California high school for a minimum of

three years

• Graduate from a California high school or pass the

California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a

General Education Development test (GED), High School

Equivalency Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary

Completion (TASC) or the California High School

Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)

• Enroll in an accredited California institution

of higher education

• In the case of students without legal immigration status,

fill out an affidavit stating that they have filed or will file an

application to legalize their immigration status as soon as

they are eligible to do so

• Meet all other Cal Grant eligibility criteria