California DREAM Act
The California Dream Act of 2011 became law through the passage of two state bills. AB 130 relating to private scholarships and AB 131 relating to financial aid administered by the State of California.
The California Dream Act allows students who meet certain criteria (as defined by AB 540) to apply for and, if eligible, receive:
- Privately funded scholarships at public universities that do not have a residency or citizenship requirement (beginning with CSUB scholarships awarded for the 2012-13 academic year)
- CSUB financial aid like State University Grant (SUG) and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant (beginning with awards for the 2013 winter term)
- State financial aid such as Cal Grants (beginning with awards for the 2013-14 academic year)
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has posted Dream Act 2011 Myths & Facts.
You are an AB 540 eligible student if meet all of the following requirements:
- Attended a CA high school for 3 or more years;
- Graduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent;
- Registered or are currently enrolled at an accredited CA college or university at least half-time;
- Filed an affidavit with your college or university stating that you have or intend to file an application to legalize your immigration status, if applicable; and
- For grant consideration, you have completed a DREAM Application and provided all required verification documentation.
Student may apply online at www.caldreamact.org
California residency or U.S. citizenship requirement
For privately funded CSUB scholarships, any citizenship eligibility requirements established by the scholarship donors remain in effect.
Search and apply now
If you are an AB 540 student, search and apply for CSUB scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements, including those scholarships that require demonstration of financial need. Check back regularly as we will update the Web site as more information becomes available.
State & Institutional Aid
Non-federal grant programs such as Cal Grant, State University Grant (SUG), and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant, require an applicant to demonstrate financial need by completing either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application developed by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) for AB 540 students. Awards will begin for the 2013 winter term.
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, etc.
External AB540 Scholarships
Below is a list of external scholarship opportunities for AB540 students. Links and information provided to external scholarship organizations, websites, and/or search engines do not constitute an endorsement of the organization, their site's sponsors, and/or of their products, by California State University, Bakersfield or the CSUB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship.
For more information about the California Dream Act (AB 130 and AB 131) and AB 540 eligibility, please review the California Student Aid Commission website.