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What is the California Dream Act?
The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law (see below) to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131). For more information on the Dream Act, go to dream.csac.ca.gov/ or follow the directions on Student Financial Service's Dream Act Application page.
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.
- It is not the same as financial aid
- It does not grant lawful immigration status
- It does allow individuals to apply for a SSN and work authorization
CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.
On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters.
DACA Is Back!
A judge in New York has ruled in favor of DACA recipients, instructing the government to revert the DACA program back to its original form before the September 5, 2017 rescission memo.
- If you have never had DACA and are eligible, you can apply for the first time.
- Advance Parole is back in its original form
- Anyone who received a 1-year renewal of their DACA will automatically have their protections extended to two years
- DACA renewals for those who have DACA or have ever had DACA remain open
Learn more about what the DACA being restored means or click below to discover the top 5 things you should know.
Important Information about DACA Requests
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.
For information on what this announcement means for your DACA status, please refer to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Resources for More Information
- California Dream Act Flyer pdf
- California Dream Act Frequently Asked Questions pdf
- CSU Chancellor's Office Factsheet
- Free help renewing your Dream Act or DACA applications from TODEC
- Frequently Asked Questions from USCIS
- Resources for Undocumented Studentsr
- Steps to Apply for the Dream Act
- TODEC Dream Act 10 Things You Must Know