Financial Aid Information for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
Undocumented/DACAmented students who qualify under AB540 criteria can apply for financial aid by submitting the California Dream Act Application. To be considered for state and institutional awards, including grants, need-based scholarships, loans and work-study, undocumented/DACAmented AB540 eligible students must complete the following steps:
Submit a California Dream Act Application by the March 2 priority deadline each year for maximum financial aid consideration.
- Incoming 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.
- Continuing students who have completed at least 36 units at UC Davis will have their GPA automatically submitted to CSAC by March 2. You can monitor and manage your Cal Grant account on the CSAC website.
- To be considered for institutional work-study, AB540 eligible students must also meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements.
- Entering students will automatically be considered for UC Davis scholarships based on the admissions application.
- First year and continuing students may submit the scholarship application for the following academic year online between October and early January.
- 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 AB540 students.
The California DREAM Loan Program provides eligible AB540 undergraduates with the option to borrow loans to help cover college expenses while attending UC Davis.
Students who demonstrate financial aid eligibility will be offered a DREAM loan. The amount offered may vary based on the academic year and available funding. Additional details on the California DREAM Loan Program are provided by the University of California.
Additional Resources for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
For more information, please visit the UC California Dream Act Application tips 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/DACAmented students, including scholarship opportunities:
- AB540 and undocumented/DACAmented Student Center Resources
- AB540 Website
- Chicana/Latina Foundation
- Immigrants Rising
- FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
- MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America
- Osher REENTRY Scholarship Program for UC Davis Students
- Outside Scholarships for AB540 Students
Information on AB540
Until the passage of the Dream Act, undocumented/DACAmented students were not eligible for state or university funded financial aid. Under this law, undocumented/DACAmented students who qualify under AB540 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 UC's Applying for Financial Aid 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 the CSAC website or view the informative video below.