The California Dream Act is a state-based financial aid program comprising two California laws (AB 130 and AB 131) that allow AB 540/SB 68 eligible students to apply for:
- state-funded grants (e.g., California College Promise Grant and Cal Grants)
- state programs (e.g., EOPS)
- certain scholarships
- financial aid fee deferments
DACA recipients should fill out the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) if they are eligible, not the FAFSA. Use this guide to learn about the difference between them and who is eligible for each.
Important: Students do not need to be DACA recipients to apply for the California Dream Act. DACA is a federal program and has no bearing on it.
The priority filing deadline for CADAA is from October 1 to March 2.
To apply, visit
dream.csac.ca.gov to ensure you are considered for all state-based financial aid.