Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students
- Undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria may now be eligible for many campus-based grants, scholarships and work-study. To be considered for need-based awards, including Cal Grants, non-citizen AB540-eligible students must complete a California Dream Act Application, and are strongly encouraged to file by March 2 each year for priority consideration and to be eligible for Cal Grant funding. Be sure to include our school code, 001313. The GPA Verification form is available online at calgrants.org. To be considered for campus-based work-study, AB 540 eligible students must also meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements. Entering students will automatically be considered for scholarships based on their admissions application. For more information on the scholarship application process, including joining the Scholarship Opportunities Listserv, please visit our website at financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/index.html. If you are awarded a campus-based scholarship, you will be notified by the UC Davis Undergraduate & Prestigious Scholarship Office.
- AB540 is a tuition exemption program that allows eligible undocumented students living in California to pay in-state tuition. To be eligible for this tuition exemption, students must meet specific criteria. For more information and to review the eligibility requirements of this program, please see Paying for UC's - Nonresident Tuition Exemption webpage. For questions regarding registration fees and tuition for non-resident students, please contact the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar: registrar.ucdavis.edu/html/slr.html
- Throughout the year, a number of outside organizations contact the Undergraduate & Prestigious Scholarships Office to publicize their scholarship opportunities. To help our students access the many available scholarships, we maintain the Outside Agency Scholarships page. The selection criteria, application process, and deadlines for these external scholarships vary, so please review the listings and associated websites for more detailed information. Undocumented students are welcome to apply for these scholarships, as long as you meet the requirements. And be sure to contact these organizations directly with any questions you may have.
Information about the Dream Act
- 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. For detailed information on the California Dream Act, please visit csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.
- To better understand how this legislation affects you, please see the UC documents The California Dream Act and Frequently Asked Questions about AB 131 (California Dream Act II). Additional information is also available in UC Santa Barbara's California Dream Application Tutorial.
Additional Resources for Undocumented Students
Below we have listed a variety of resources available to undocumented students, including scholarship opportunities geared specifically for this demographic. We hope that you find these resources helpful.
- AB540 Website
- Chicana/Latina Foundation
- Cien Amigos – IME Scholarships / Becas Cien Amigos - IME
- College Sense: How to Pay for College
- Dream Act Portal
- Dream Act of 2013
- Educators for Fair Consideration
- FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
- MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America