Despite initial concerns because of immigration changes by the Trump administration, the total number of applications for the California DREAM Act rose 5 percent from 2016. As of the March 2 deadline, 35,882 applications have been received by the California Department of Education.
The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a state law that allows children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked immigration paperwork.
The California DREAM Act provides state grants to undocumented college-bound students. Dreamers also are able to pay in-state tuition at any California college and receive fee waivers for community college.
Immigration reform by the Trump administration potentially could be to blame for an initial decrease in applications. The California Department of Education responded to these concerns by releasing a statement that reiterated the fact that Dreamer’s immigration status never will be released to the federal government. Dreamers also were assured that they do not need Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply for the California Dream Act.
If you have applied for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.