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 California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 consists of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on June 25, 2011; and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131), signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.

AB 130 is effective January 2012, and allows students attending Cal Maritime who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under another law, Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to be eligible to receive privately funded scholarships for attendance at Cal Maritime.

The second part of the California Dream Act, AB 131, goes into effect January 1, 2013, and allows students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under AB50 and who are ineligible for federal financial aid to receive grants and scholarships from state and University sources.

Students need to meet particular requirements to qualify under AB540. The requirements are: (1) have attended high school in California for at least 3 full years; (2) have graduated from a California high school or received the equivalent; and (3) be enrolled as a new or continuing student at a CSU campus. If students are without lawful immigration status, they must also file an affidavit with a CSU campus stating that they have filed an application with the INS to legalize their immigration status or that they will do so as soon as they are eligible.

Students who may qualify for financial aid under the California Dream Act can apply here.