The California Dream Act of 2011                                                           versión en Español


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 law to be eligible for private scholarships funneled through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers. 

AB540 Qualifications

Assembly Bill 540, passed in 2001, allows eligible undocumented and documented students to pay the same tuition and fees as resident students at California public colleges and universities.  You must meet all five (5) below requirements to be eligible:

    1. Have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years 

    2. Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or get a General Equivalency Diploma (GED, also called General Educational Development test)  

    3. Enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education

    4. Fill out an AB 540 affidavit stating that they have filed or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible to do so.

    5. Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.)


As an AB-540 student, you may qualify for:

    1. Board of Governors fee waivers (BOGW) at California community colleges

    2. A Community College Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant--if you are attending a California Community College and plan to transfer to a 4-year institution.

    3. A Cal Grant "C"--if you are enrolled or expect to enroll in a career technical program at your college.

    4. Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS).  

      • To apply, please pick up an application at the EOPS office at either the San Luis Obispo or North County campus.

      • For more information please call 805-546-3144.


To apply for BOGW, Cal Grant and EOP&S you must complete all three (3) below  by the given deadlines:

    1. CA Dream Act Application (Deadline: March 2)

      • Make sure to list our school code: 001192 

      • Normally available in mid-January

    2. Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for Dreamers (Deadline: March 2)

    3. EOP&S Application - contact our EOP&S Office for application and deadline


To apply for the BOGW only: 

1. Complete the CA Dream Act Application (after March 2, you will only be considered for the BOGW)


2. Complete a paper BOGW application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.

2014-15 BOGW application

2015-16 BOGW application (not available yet)


One-on-One Assistance Completing your Dream Act Application: 

If you are or will be a student at Cuesta College, contact our financial aid office and schedule a one-on-one appointment on Mondays or Thursdays at the main San Luis Obispo campus.  If you call (805) 546-3143 or email, make sure to let us know your appointment is for a Dream Act Lab. 


AB-540 / Dream Act Resources 

2014-15 Dream Act Application Instructions

Tips for Dreamers

Ten Things You Need to Know about the Dream Act

Cuesta College Admissions website