Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria can now apply for certain types of financial aid by submitting the California Dream Act Application. To be considered for need-based scholarships, institutional work-study, computer loans, summer loans, institutional grants, and state Cal Grants, undocumented AB 540 eligible students must complete the following steps:

  • Complete a California Dream Act Application by March 2 each year for priority consideration.
  • Students interested in receiving a Cal Grant must submit the GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2. You can monitor and manage your Cal Grant account on the CSAC website.
  • To be considered for institutional work-study, AB 540 eligible students must also meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements.
  • Entering students will automatically be considered for UC Davis scholarships based on their admissions application. For future years, continuing students must apply beginning in October by the January deadline for the following academic year. For more information on the scholarship application process, including joining the Scholarship Opportunities Listserv, please visit our undergraduate scholarships section.
  • There are many opportunities to receive outside scholarships. For a list of scholarship opportunities, please visit our Outside Scholarships page for AB 540 students.

Additional Resources for Undocumented Students

For more information, please visit the UC California Dream Act webpage provided by the University of California. CSAC also provides useful resources about the California Dream Act. We also have listed a variety of resources available to undocumented students, including scholarship opportunities:

Information on AB 540

Until the passage of the Dream Act, undocumented students were not eligible for federal, state or university funded financial aid. Under this new law, undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria may now be eligible for certain types of financial aid. The California Dream Act Application is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid. For information on what this means for you at UC Davis, please see the Paying for UC's California Dream Act webpage.

Information on Deferred Action

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status. For more information visit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival webpage.

For detailed information on the California Dream Act, please visit CSAC website or view the informative video below.