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AB 131 - California Dream Act

Dream Act LogoThe California Dream Act of 2011 became law through the passage of Assembly Bill 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. This became effective 1/1/12 and is currently in place.

AB131 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant, Chaffee Grant and EOPS. This becomes effective 1/1/13.


  • Under AB131, eligibility for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW) at California community colleges will become effective January 1, 2013.
  • Eligibility for CalGrant will become effective for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 school year.

This must be turned to the Financial Aid Office at the Chula Vista campus or Higher Education Centers. It cannot be submitted online.

To receive Dream Act, AB540 and AB131 benefits, students must:

  • Have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years.
  • Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED, also called General Educational Development test).
  • Enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education.
  • In the case of students without legal immigration status, fill out an affidavit stating that they have filed or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so.
  • To get a Cal Grant, students must also meet all other Cal Grant eligibility criteria. For additional information on Cal Grant eligibility, click here.

If you have questions regarding whether or not you qualify for AB540 status, please inquire at the Admissions office.


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