2019-42: Add California Dream Act Application to Special Links & Opps Page

Request No.2019-42
Date of Request11.20.19
RequesterNancy Jodaitis, Immigrants Rising
Application(s)Standard, Noncredit 
Section / Page

special links & opportunities

Steering Hearing DateTBD
Proposed Change to Download FileN/A
Proposed Change to Residency LogicN/A

See:  2019-44: Update the AB540 Eligibility Logic in CCCApply - for more information from Immigrants Rising.  These will be worked on together.

Problem / Issue

During a review of the CCCApply post-submission workflow, Nancy Jodaitis of Immigrants Rising noticed that we were not including the "California Dream Act Application" on the Special Links & Opportunities page under Financial Assistance.  

Nancy will send an email to the CCCCO to discuss why the Dream Act App wasn't already provided to students and will seek approval for this addition.

If approved, this should also be included on the Financial Aid page (Money) on the CCCApply.org website.

Information about the California Dream Act

The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

FAQ: California Dream Act Application

Q1. What is the California Dream Act? The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident students (U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens) who qualify for a non-resident exemption under Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) to receive certain types of financial aid such as: private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. In addition, the California Dream Act, allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at any public college in California

Q2. Who can apply for the California Dream Act? Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements for a non-resident exemption, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act application (CADAA). Similarly, students without Social Security Numbers or students who have lost DACA status (or never applied for DACA), may still be eligible. The full language of the law and eligibility requirements is stated in CA Education Code 68130.5.

Q3. What is the difference between the FAFSA and the California Dream Act application?

Students should only complete one of the applications (not both), according to the citizenship requirements below:

1. You are eligible to complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov if you are a:

• U.S Citizen

• Permanent Resident

• Eligible non-citizen

• T Visa holder

2. You are eligible to complete the CADAA at https://dream.csac.ca.gov if you are:

• Undocumented

• Have a valid or expired DACA

• U Visa holders

• Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

• Meet the non-resident exemption requirements under AB 540

See More FAQs for CDAA: https://www.csac.ca.gov/sites/main/files/file-attachments/california_dream_act_faq.pdf?1570034690

Proposed Solution


Dependencies, Risks and/or Reporting Requirements?




Which data field(s)?


Would this change affect an existing question or data field on the Standard Application?

Would this change affect an existing question or data field on the International Application?


Would this change affect an existing question or data field on the Promise Grant Application?

Would Account (OpenCCC) data be affected by this change?

Does the question or data field align to an MIS reporting requirement now?

Does this change affect any other state or federal regulations or requirements?


Would this change affect existing residency logic?

Would any other data fields be affected by this change?

Would students users be affected by this change?

Would colleges be affected by this change? 

Would the Download Client be affected by this change?

What other tech center web services will be affected by this change?

i.e., Glue staging table?  Multiple Measur
Other dependencies?

Other implementation considerations?

Supporting Documentation

DescriptionFile TypeURLNotes
California Dream Act ApplicationURLhttps://www.csac.ca.gov/post/resources-california-dream-act-application