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Dream Act Scholars

What is the Dream Act?


  • On Monday, February 26,  2018, the Supreme Court denied the federal government’s request to review the preliminary injunction ordered by a federal judge in the Northern District of California, which has allowed DACA recipients to continue renewing their DACA grants since January 9th, 2018. On February 13th, 2018, in a separate DACA case filed in New York, another federal judge in the Eastern District of New York also ordered a preliminary injunction which would have the same effect as the January 9th, 2018 order coming out of the California court.

    Because the Supreme Court decided not to review the preliminary injunction decision before it goes through the normal appeals process, the injunction will remain in place until the DACA case is fully decided and properly goes through the appeals process at the Circuit Court level before reaching the Supreme Court.

    This means that:

    1.  If you have already been granted DACA before, you may continue applying for renewal of your DACA depending on your individual circumstances.*

    2.  Because the DACA cases will now go through the normal appeals process instead of being reviewed on a faster timeline by the Supreme Court, we may not hear of another decision affecting DACA Renewals for several months (possibly even a year). However, we do not know at this time the exact amount of time it will take before the next decision impacting DACA will come out – but you may have more time now to submit your DACA Renewal depending on your individual expiration date.    

    3.  If you have never been granted DACA previously, you still cannot apply to DACA for the first time as of the September 5th, 2017 DACA rescission announcement.

    4.  DACA recipients still cannot apply for Advance Parole at this time.  

    * Please discuss your specific case with a qualified attorney, especially if you have had any contact with law enforcement or immigration authorities or have left the country since receiving DACA.   

    Please see the attached memo from the Chancellor's office. 

  • The Dream Act is really two laws that were passed in 2011 and allow AB 540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:

    • Board of Governors Fee Waivers
    • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
    • Assistance from EOPS or CARE
    • Privately-funded scholarships

    Check with the SBCC Financial Aid and EOPS/CARE offices to see what is available.

  • You are an AB 540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all of the following criteria:

    • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
    • Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
    • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college; AND
    • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
  • Follow the steps below to get started on the road to fulfilling your college dreams!

    1. Complete the SBCC admissions process.
    2. Apply for financial aid.
    3. Meet with a college counselor to discuss your educational objectives and develop a plan to help you achieve your goals.
  • Transfer Achievement Program (TAP): Transfer Achievement Program students eligible for AB 540 status receive several benefits, including financial aid assistance, on-campus involvement through clubs/organizations, and off-campus resources dealing with documentation.


    Enrollment Services:  Contact Vanessa Pelton (805) 965-0581 ext. 4736

    Admissions & Records: Contact Rosa Ruiz (805) 965-0581 ext. 5151 or 

    Financial Aid Advisor: Contact Yesenia Perez (805) 965-0581 ext 8746

    Academic and Career Counseling at Continuing Education

Grants and Scholarships


When to Apply

Who do I contact, or where do I apply?

What is it?

Application Type 

Privately Funded Institutional Scholarships


SBCC Financial Aid Office

Helps pay for education-related expenses

Institutional application(s)

California College Promise Grant

Each Registration period 

SBCC Financial Aid Office

Waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students

Promise Grant form in English or Spanish, or California Dream Application*

Assistance from EOPS or CARE



Varies; may include services such as tutoring, book vouchers and other support services

Institutional application(s)

Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B
Community College Transfer Entitlement

By March 2 for Fall Semester

SBCC Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering tuition and education-related expenses when transferring to an eligible Baccalaureate degree granting institution.

California Dream Application* and GPA Verification Form

Cal Grant B -Entitlement

By March 2 for Fall Semester

SBCC Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for recent high school graduates

California Dream Application* and GPA Verification Form

Cal Grant C

By March 2 for Fall Semester

SBCC Financial Aid Office or California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for occupational or career technical programs.

California Dream Application*, Cal Grant C Supplemental Application and High School or Community College GPA Verification Form

Chafee Grant

Apply as soon as possible (awards are limited)

SBCC Financial Aid office or the California Student Aid Commission

Grant award covering education-related expenses for foster youth

California Dream Application* and Chafee Grant Application

* To apply for any or all of the financial aid programs requiring the California Dream Application, you only need to complete and submit ONE application.