Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT:
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
LAST UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2013
Cal Grants are state-based financial aid awards administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). To apply for a Cal Grant, AB540 students must go to calgrants.org to submit the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification. There are many different kinds of Cal Grants- for more detailed information and instructions on how to apply, please visit here.
To be eligible for a Cal Grant students must:
Meet AB540 criteria
Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree (except for Cal Grant A and B extended awards for a teaching credential program)
Meet GPA requirements
Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
Be enrolled at least half time
Have registered with U.S. Selective Service (most males)
Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG) is a type of aid offered to low-income students that waives tuition fees for participating California Community Colleges. The eligibility and income criteria are below. It is important for students to talk with their respective Community College to receive accurate information. To get more information and detailed instruction on how to apply, please visit here.
Table of Income Standards for BOG
For each Additional Family Member
NOTE: Students above the age of 19 may claim themselves as independent for BOG application purposes.
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) is a state-funded retention and support program for students in the CCC system. The mission of EOPS is to identify and assist students who are affected by social, economic, educational, or language disadvantages. EOPS offers a variety of support programs and services to eligible community college students, which include academic and personal counseling, priority registration, supplemental tutoring and supplemental book assistance. EOPS support services enhance and increase student success. For more information please contact your community college and ask about EOPS. Community Colleges will usually have a web page dedicated to this program, so you can look for the information and eligibility requirements online at your respective Community College.
To be eligible for the program students must:
Be a California resident or qualify for AB 540
Be enrolled full time
Have not completed 70 degree-applicable units
In addition, students must fall into at least one of the following categories:
Be low income as determined by the BOG Waiver (look above)
Be a 1st generation college student
Be a member of an underrepresented group targeted by district/college to achieve equity goals
Primary language of a student’s home is/was not English
The student is an emancipated foster youth
State University Grants (SUG)provides need-based awards to cover a portion of the State Tuition Fee for eligible undergraduate students who are California residents or meet AB540 requirements. Each campus has established local awarding policies and priorities for these funds. Check with your school for more information.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in the California State University and University of California systems. EOP students have the potential and demonstrated motivation to perform satisfactorily at a CSU's and UC's, but they have not been able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. The program provides admission and academic assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers financial assistance to eligible students. Campuses tailor their programs to accommodate the needs of their student population. For more information and eligibility requirements, please check with the respective UC EOP office, of for CSU's click here.
2012-2013 EOP Family Income Guidelines* Taken from the “Educational Opportunity Program” Booklet Published by The California State University Office of the Chancellor
Single, No Dependents
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse
With Dependents Other Than Spouse
These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For purposes of these guidelines, the approximate contribution for dependent applicants is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental assets nor does it assume any contribution from the applicant’s income or assets. For independent applicants, the guidelines are based strictly on income with no consideration of available savings or other assets.
Chafee Foster Youth Grantis a state funded with a current minimum Chafee Grant amount of $5,000 per academic year, not to exceed the cost of attendance. The final award amount will be determined based on the college of attendance and enrollment status. If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for childcare, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. For more information, please visit here.
UC Grantsprovide need-based awards to cover a portion of the Tuition Fee for eligible undergraduate students who are accepted to a UC. Each campus has established local awarding policies and priorities for these funds. Check with the UC you applied to for more information.