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Cal Grants and the California Dream Act of 2011. Presented by the California Student Aid Commission. First….. An Overview of the California Dream Act of 2011 which was made law by the passage of 2 bills. AB 130 - Dream Act Part I. Signed into law on July 25, 2011

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Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

Cal Grants and the California Dream Act of 2011

Presented by the

California Student Aid Commission


First an overview of the california dream act of 2011 which was made law by the passage of 2 bills

First…..An Overview of the California Dream Act of 2011 which was made law by the passage of 2 bills


Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

AB 130 - Dream Act Part I

  • Signed into law on July 25, 2011

  • Becomes effective January 1, 2012

  • Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for & receive private scholarships administered by the public colleges and universities, including

    • scholarships funded through private donors

    • alumni contributions

    • individual departmental efforts

  • For information about how and when to apply, AB 540 students must contact their financial aid offices


Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

AB 130 - Dream Act Part I

For Current AB 540 High School Seniors:

NOW: Check with your college or university financial aid or scholarship offices to find out about scholarships available for incoming freshmen for Fall 2012

Fall 2012: Seek out scholarships given out at colleges and universities beginning in the Fall 2013 Term


Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

AB 130 - Dream Act Part I

For Current AB 540 College Students:

NOW: Check with your college or university financial aid or scholarship offices to find out about scholarships available starting this term

Fall 2012: Seek out scholarships given out at your college or university for use in the Fall 2013 Term


Ab 131 dream act part ii

AB 131 - Dream Act Part II

  • Signed into law on October 8, 2011

  • Becomes effective January 1, 2013

  • Allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to

    • Apply for & receive institutional grants like UC Grant, State University Grant, Educational Opportunity Program and Educational Opportunity Program & Services fee waivers

    • Apply for & receive Board of Governors fee waivers at the California Community Colleges

    • Apply for & receive state financial aid, including Cal Grants and Chafee Foster Youth Grants for use at eligible public and private institutions


Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

AB 131 - Dream Act Part II

For Current AB 540 High School Seniors:

NOW: Keep your grades up, so you can apply for a Cal Grant next January as a college freshman

Spring/Summer 2012: For information about how and when to apply for institutional grants and fee waivers at colleges and universities, contact their campus financial aid offices

January-March 2013: Apply for a Cal Grant for use beginning Fall of 2013


Cal grants and the california dream act of 2011

AB 131 - Dream Act Part II

For Current AB 540 College Students:

NOW: Maintain your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Spring/Summer 2012: For information about how and when to apply for institutional grants and fee waivers for terms in 2013, visit your campus financial aid office

  • January-March 2013:

    • Community college students planning to transfer to a qualifying 4-year institution, apply for a Cal Grant

    • College students enrolled or planning to enroll in a career technical program, apply for a Cal Grant

    • All other current AB 540 college students are not eligible for Dream Act Cal Grants (but you may still be eligible for other Dream Act aid; visit your campus financial aid office)


Next a look at those cal grant eligibility requirements

Next…..A Look at Those Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements


Types of cal grants for which dream act students may now qualify

Types of Cal Grants for which Dream Act Students May Now Qualify

Cal Grant A

High School Entitlement

CCC Transfer Entitlement

Cal Grant B

High School Entitlement

CCC Transfer Entitlement

Cal Grant C


General cal grant eligibility requirements

General Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements

Be a California resident or meet AB 540 requirements

Be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or meet AB 540 requirements

Meet Selective Service requirements

Attend an eligible California School

Not be in default on a Federal student loan

Not have earned a BA/BS degree

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Not be incarcerated

Be enrolled at least half-time


Cal grant a

Cal Grant A

Low to middle income students (Average family income of new Cal Grant A recipients is $44,100)

Associate and Bachelor degree programs only

Can be used for tuition and fees only

Maximum annual award amounts:

CCC - Not paid, but held in reserve until transfer

CSU - up to $5,472

UC - up to $12,192

Independent or private for-profit - up to $9,708

(Current policy provides that Cal Grant awards are increased to meet fee increases at the public universities)


Types of cal grant a awards

Types of Cal Grant A Awards

High School Entitlement Cal A

Students applying in their senior year of HS or in the year after they graduate or

Students applying within one year of passing the GED

Uses HS GPA only (minimum 3.00)

CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal A

Students transferring from a CCC into a bachelor’s degree program

Must have graduated from a CA high school after 7/1/00 and not yet be age 28

Uses CCC GPA only (minimum 2.40)

Currently an unlimited # of awards


Cal grant b

Cal Grant B

Very low income students (Average family income of new Cal Grant B recipients is $17,200)

AA, BA and Certificate programs of at least 1 year

Can be used for any school expenses including tuition and fees*

All Cal Grant B recipients, at all schools get a $1,551 “Access” payment each academic year

Students beyond their first year also get a tuition benefit equal to the Cal Grant A tuition and fee amount if attending a school other than a community college

*first time freshmen are not eligible for tuition & fee component of award


Types of cal grant b awards

Types of Cal Grant B Awards

  • High School Entitlement Cal B

    • Students applying in their senior year of HS or in the year after they graduate or

    • Students applying within one year of passing the GED

    • Uses HS GPA only (minimum 2.00)

  • CCC Transfer Entitlement Cal B

    • Students transferring from a CCC into a bachelor’s degree program

    • Must have graduated from a CA High school after 7/1/00 and not yet be age 28

    • Uses CCC GPA only (minimum 2.40)

  • Currently, an unlimited # of awards


Cal grant c

Cal Grant C

Low income students (Average family income of new Cal Grant C recipients is $18,700)

Can be used for tuition & fees and books & supplies

AA and certificate career technical programs only

Maximum annual award amounts

Tuition and Fees - $2,592

At private vocational schools

Books and Supplies - $576

At private vocational schools and

Community colleges

Scored based on occupational factors and educational history

7,761 awards per year


The applications

The Applications

CA Dream Application or FAFSA (establishes financial need)

CA Dream App submitted online at the CA Student Aid Commission’s website: caldreamact.org (starting Jan 1, 2013)

All Dream App students eligible to file a FAFSA will be redirected to fafsa.gov

GPA Verification (establishes merit)

Submitted by school to CA Student Aid Commission electronically or

Submitted by student via mail (Cal Grant Verification Form to be available through the CA Dream App)

Transfer Entitlement Verification Form

CA Student Aid Commission will send this form to all students who meet Transfer Entitlement requirements

Cal Grant C Supplemental Form

CA Student Aid Commission will send this form to all students who meet Cal Grant C requirements


Non ssn gpa pilot program

For 2011 -12, CSAC has successfully implemented a pilot program for the submission of Cal Grant GPAs without SSNs

Matching of GPAs to FAFSAs can now be done using other application elements for high schools that don’t collect SSNs

This will also prove beneficial when we begin collecting CA Dream Apps without SSNs

Non-SSN GPA Pilot Program


For more information about the dream act and cal grant please contact

For more information about the Dream Act and Cal Grant, please contact

Student Support Services at the

California Student Aid Commission

1-888-224-7268

Or visit www.caldreamact.org

For more information about other scholarships for which AB 540 students might be eligible, please visit

www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/Scholarship_List_2010_2011.pdf

www.latincollegedollars.org

www.e4fc.org/studentresources/scholarshiplists.html


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