California DREAM Act
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What is the California DREAM Act?

Assembly Bills 130 & 131, known as the California DREAM Act of 2011, are laws that increase access to financial aid for undocumented students who attend a public university, community college or private college in California. The DREAM act allows undocumented students to receive scholarships administered by public institutions (AB-130) and state funded grants including Cal Grants, Board of Governor’s Fee Waivers and university grants (AB-131). To qualify, students must meet the requirements for AB 540 and not be eligible to apply for the FAFSA.

The deadline for submitting the application to determine financial need for each academic year is from October 1st to March 2nd.

Important points:

  • Incoming first-year students must submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2nd, in addition to the online DREAM Act application (Check with your high school counselor).

  • Students must resubmit the DREAM Act application every year before March 2nd to be considered for financial aid in the upcoming academic year. 

CA DREAM Act Application Timeline:

 October 1st  March 2nd Continuously
Begin Submitting CA DREAM Act Application  Deadline to Submit CA DREAM Act to be eligible for CAL Grant Check your MyECC Account for Award Letter. If Selected for Verification you may Need to Submit Extra Documentation. Check your MyECC for Details


Please remember that in order for your DREAM Act application to be processed at El Camino College, you must also file an AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form and upload a copy of your high school transcripts for verification. To check if you might be eligible for AB 540 you can use the following tool (please note that the ECC Admissions Office makes the final determination):

Please note that this process occurs after you apply to be a student at El Camino College. To submit your CA Dream Act Application please click below: 

Click here to submit your CA Dream Act Application


What Type of financial aid can DREAMERS receive?
California Community College (CCC) California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver), EOP&S Book Vouchers/Grants
Cal Grants, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
UC Grants, State University Grants
University Scholarships
Private Scholarships (Click Here for a list of Scholarships)
CA DREAM Loan Program at UC and CSU