California Dream Act | AB 540

The California Dream Act allows AB 540 students to apply for financial aid. No student’s personal information is shared with the federal government. Learn more about the California Dream Act by watching the video below.


What is a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student?

You are a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

Attended a California high school for at least three years, OR attained the equivalent of at least three years of credits from a California high school and attended at least three full years at California K-12 schools;


Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
Are registered or enrolled at a California community college;


If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Please contact the Santa Ana College or Santiago Canyon College Admissions and Records office to determine if you are a California Dream Act (AB 540 eligible) student.