AB540/ DREAM ACT

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       California Dream Act


Apply now for a Cal Grant and other state financial aid using the California Dream Act Application. The Cal Grant deadline is March 2nd of each year. There is a second opportunity for community college students with a deadline of September 2nd each year. We are here to help you through the process and to provide you with information on the application. If you need help, please contact us at caldreamact@csac.ca.gov or call 1-888-224-7268. You can also click on the Contact Us Link at the bottom of the Dream Act Application or the Help link at the top of the application.

These steps are for undocumented students that have completed three or more years in a California high school as well as graduated from a California high school or have attained the equivalent thereof, such as a High School Equivalency Certificate, issued by the California State GED office or certificate of Proficiency, resulting from the California High School Proficiency Examination.

Step 1:

Apply for admission to Moorpark Community College
Please apply to Moorpark College at the following website: www.moorparkcollege.edu. You must complete “steps for new students.”


Step 2:

Complete an AB540 Affidavit at Moorpark College
Admission & Records has an AB540 Affidavit that must be completed for submission. Please take your unofficial high school transcripts with you. You may pick-up your unofficial transcripts in your high school counseling office.
Special Note: If you are applying early and have not yet graduated you MUST submit a letter, on official letterhead, from your high school counselor or your principal, verifying that you are set to graduate. Once your graduation status is posted, a new transcript or diploma must be submitted to Admissions & Records.

Step 3:

Complete the California Dream Act (AB540) CA Dream Act - Financial Aid for AB 540 Eligible Students--This benefit is available to all U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and aliens who are not non-immigrants (including those who are undocumented), who meet all other eligibility criteria. You may apply for state financial aid by using the California Dream Act Application, instead of the FAFSA. The California Dream Act is for undocumented students who have attended high school in the state of California. If you need help with completing the application you may contact the CSAC at 1-888-224-7268 or you may attend a weekly workshop on campus Wednesdays FH210-B from 4-5pm. 

California Dream Act Application Workshop Schedule

NOTE: Once the Dream Act Application is submitted the CSAC will determine whether or not you qualify for a CalGrant and will forward the Dream Application to the college you indicated on the application for eligibility determination for the Board of Governor’s Fee Wavier (BOGW).


Step 4:

Apply for student services programs (must meet eligibility requirements):

  • Extended Opportunities Program & Services (Low-income & educationally disadvantaged)
  • ACCESS (Physical and Learning Disabilities)
  • CalWORKS (for students who are parents on the county programs CalWORKS/TANF)

NOTE: For more information visit the student services link at www.moorparkcollege.edu/studentservices


The California Dream Act, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

For more information about the types of financial aid Dream Act students can access, please see our PowerPoint or FAQs.

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Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States. We address the holistic needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership development, community outreach, and advocacy. Our programming is designed by and for undocumented young people with support from committed allies. We are a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives.