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California Dream Act

Allows students who meet AB 540 requirements to apply for financial aid.

  • Application and worksheets
  • AB 540 - Effective Fall 2001, provides exemption from non-resident tuition for certain students who have attended a California high school for three years and graduated from a California high school.
  • AB 130 - Effective January 1, 2012, provides private scholarships to eligible students under AB 540
  • AB 131 - Effective January 2013, provides institutional grants, BOG fee waiver (applications expected to be available in November 2012) and Cal Grant (applications for fall 2013 term expected to be available in January 2013) to students eligible under AB 540.
  • AB 2000 - Expands access to higher education for students who complete high school in less than three years. Allows students who have attended at least three years of elementary or secondary education in the state to qualify for in-state tuition, fee waivers, and financial aid, regardless of their immigration status.
  • SB 1159 - Effective no later than January 1, 2016, expands immigrantsí access to professional and occupational licenses by prohibiting state licensing boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying licensure to an other-wise qualified applicant because of his or her citizenship or immigration status. Allows applicants for a professional or occupational license to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in lieu of a Social Security number.
  • AB1210 - Establishes a California Dream Loan Program, which provides Loans to AB 540 students who are ineligible for federal financial aid. The revolving loan fund will help fill the gap between federal and state financial aid. Students who attend a participating campus of the University of California, or the California State University system would be able to secure a State Education Access Loan of up to $4000 per year, or up to $20,000 total from any one participating institution. (Approved, but currently not being funded.)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)

You are eligible for DACA if you:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Individuals can call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process or visit

For additional resources, click on the links below:
Palomar Community College District 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069-1487 Telephone:  (760) 744-1150