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Financial Aid

California Dream Act

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 consists of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on June 25, 2011; and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131), and signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.

AB 130 is effective January 2012, and allows students attending CSU Channel Islands who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under another law, Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to be eligible to receive privately funded scholarships for attendance at CSU Channel Islands.

The second part of the California Dream Act, AB 131, goes into effect January 1, 2013, and allows students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under AB 540 and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to receive grants and scholarships from state and University sources.

AB 540 Eligibility Requirements

Under AB 540, a student who is without lawful immigration status may request exemption from paying nonresident tuition if the student:

Attended a California high school for 3 or more years, AND Graduated from a California high school or 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. You must complete and submit the affidavit to the CSU Channel Islands Admissions Department.

What Types of Financial Assistance are Available

AB131 (Grants)

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

AB 131 has led to the California Student Aid Commission's (CSAC) development of the Dream Application – an alternative process to filing a FAFSA that has been developed for AB 540 students who want to apply for these state-funded programs. Please note that the Dream Application is an application/process that is facilitated by CSAC (not CSU Channel Islands).

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.

How do I apply?

To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application which will be available to students beginning April 2, 2012. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131. While the application and processing begins in April 2012; eligible Dream applicants will not begin to receive their funding until after January 1, 2013 (the date which the law becomes effective).

Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid. For 2013-2014 students must file by March 2, 2013 for priority consideration and to be eligible for Cal Grant funding.  Be sure to include our school code, 039803. For Cal Grants, eligible applicants must also file a NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form directly with CSAC before March 2, 2013. The GPA Verification form is available online at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

The Application Process Beginning April 2, 2012 CSAC's Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB 131. While the application process begins in April 2012, eligible applicants will not receive funding until the Spring 2013 semester (once the law has become effective).

Once you have applied, the Financial Aid Office will receive your application information and will notify you by e-mail regarding the status of your application. Please note that SUG Awards are based on the availability of funds.

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