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 to apply for and receive Cal Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers at community colleges as well as institutional aid at California colleges and universities.

For comprehensive information about the California DREAM Act, including access to the application materials, important dates, and instructions, please visit their website.

**UC Nonresident tuition exemption Form**

Financial Aid Information

1. FINANCIAL AID FORMS

FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

  • Mandatory application for federal and state aid
  • No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
  • For public and private schools
  • Filing period Begins October 1

CSS PROFILE = REQUIRED FORM FOR SOME PRIVATE COLLEGES

  • Connect to the College Board Online and you can complete the application on the World Wide Web. You must have a valid credit card to apply online.
  • CSS will send you an acknowledgment after processing your application.
  • GPA VERIFICATION
  • This is the application used for the CAL GRANT (A, B and C)
  • Use for public and private schools
  • To be eligible for a Cal Grant, students must have their Social Security Number on file at RBV. Our data processor will submit the required Cal Grant GPA Verification for all seniors. It is imperative, therefore, that Social Security Numbers are correct.

INSTITUTIONAL FORM

  • Supplementary form required by some colleges and universities
  • Filed in addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile

2. TERMS

FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

  • Money a family is expected to pay
  • Remains constant regardless of cost

GRANT

  • Money provided that does not have to be repaid

WORK STUDY

  • Campus job to defray school costs

LOAN

  • Low, simple interest student loans are available which do not have to be repaid until six months after the student completes school
  • Loans are also available from lending institutions and the federal government, for example, at various rates and payback plans

3. TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

FEDERAL (PELL GRANT)

  • Does not have to be repaid
  • For undergraduates with exceptional need
  • Everyone who completes a FAFSA form will be evaluated for eligibility

STATE (CAL GRANT) - Visit the website

Cal Grant A

Entitlement awards can be used for tuition and fees at public and private colleges as well as some private career colleges. At CSU and UC schools, this Cal Grant covers systemwide fees up to $5,472 and $12,192 respectively. If you are attending a private college, it pays up to $9,708 toward tuition and fees. To get this Cal Grant, you need to be working toward a two-year or four-year degree.

Cal Grant B

Entitlement awards provides low-income students with a living allowance and assistance with tuition and fees. Most first-year students receive an allowance of up to $1,551 for books and living expenses. After the freshman year, Cal Grant B also helps pay tuition and fees in the same amount as a Cal Grant A. For a Cal Grant B, your coursework must be for at least one academic year.

Cal Grant C

Awards help pay for tuition and training costs at occupational or career technical schools. This $576 award is for books, tools and equipment. You may also receive up to an additional $2,592 for tuition at a school other than a California Community College. To qualify, you must enroll in a vocational program that is at least four months long at a California Community College, private college, or a career technical school. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of your program.

LOCAL (SCHOLARSHIPS)

  • A large variety of scholarships are available based on need and/or merit
  • Advertised in Naviance

SCHOOL-BASED

  • Colleges and Universities offer their own financial awards based on merit and/or need
  • Check with college Financial Aid Office for details

4. NOTIFICATION OF AWARD

  • Verification of data arrives in October - March
  • Financial Aid award arrives in April - May

PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILE ALL FORMS ON TIME AND KEEP COPIES!

(Cal Grant information provided by the California Student Aid Commission)

Financial Aid Links

Completing the FAFSA 2018-2019
www.fafsa.ed.gov is where you go to obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number), learn more about the FAFSA, including step-by-step instructions, file online and check the status of your FAFSA.

www.calgrants.org If you're a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant!

www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp provides information about the California Dream Act and is the portal for the California Dream Act Application for financial aid.

www.finaid.org offers an overall look at financial aid, where to look for it and how to get it.

www.californiacashforcollege.org lists free Cash for College workshops in your area where you and your parents can get help filling out the FAFSA. You may even win an additional $1,000 scholarship at a Cash for College workshop.

www.icanaffordcollege.info for information on California Community Colleges and other kinds of financial aid.

www.csac.ca.gov has loads of information about Cal Grants and other programs available through the California Student Aid Commission.

www.ecmc.org for general information about financing for college and managing a student loan.

www.chafee.csac.ca.gov provides information on this exciting opportunity for foster youth and former foster youth.

www.californiacolleges.edu makes finding and applying to a school in California a no-brainer.

www.scholarshare.com provides valuable information about college savings opportunities.

www.studentaid.ed.gov provides information from the U.S. Department of Education.

www.fastweb.com provides free scholarship and college searches.

www.going2college.org to learn about the college and financial aid resources available in each state.

www.latinocollegedollars.org provides a scholarship directory for latino students.