California Dream Application

The passage of California Dream Acts — AB 130 and AB 131 — extend eligibility for certain types of institutional and state aid to undocumented students. In order to be eligible, students must also qualify for benefits under another California law — AB 540 — which exempts students from paying non-resident supplemental tuition. Click here for additional information on eligibility requirements.

The 2022-2023 Dream Application will be available starting October 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit their Dream Application on or before the March 2, 2022 deadline using 2020 income information. To apply visit:

The information provided on your Dream Act Application is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is used by UC Santa Cruz to determine your eligibility for financial aid. You can apply for financial aid before you know if you are admitted or taxes have been completed–so don't wait, apply as soon as possible. The important things to remember are:

  • Apply early! Applications become available early October for the upcoming academic year
  • Submit your application by March 2 for priority consideration
  • Include the UC Santa Cruz Code: 00132100
  • Select the correct aid year on the Dream Act Application when applying
    (i.e., 2022-2023 for Fall 2022)
  • Keep copies of your tax returns and other documents in case they are needed
  • Reapply every year

For Additional Instructions, Worksheets and Forms, Click Here:

 Applying for Cal Grants

Students apply for a Cal Grant when they submit their Dream Act Application. Cal Grant applicants are also required to submit a GPA Verification form directly to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2 as part of the application process. Students can access the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form from the CSAC website.

CSAC determines eligibility and notifies the student by sending a California Aid Report (CAR). You can monitor and manage your Cal Grant account on the CSAC website.

Continuing Cal Grant Recipients

If you are already a Cal Grant recipient, there is no need to submit a GPA verification form. Your eligibility for Cal Grant is evaluated annually. You can verify your renewal through WebGrants4Students.

Questions About Applying?


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