California Dream Act Application

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The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) allows qualifying SJSU students to apply for state  and university financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Who can apply? students in California who meet the requirements for the CA Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (AB 540, AB 2000, SB 68). This includes students who are undocumented with no social security number, those with DACA, TPS, T Visa, or U Visa. Students will need to be enrolled at least half time (6 units or more) to qualify. 

Financial Aid Options Through the CADAA

  • Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, Middle Class Scholarship
  • UC Grants, State University Grants
  • California Community College (CCC) California Promise Grant
  • Some University scholarships
  • Some private scholarships administered by campuses
  • CA Dream Loan 
  • CA Dream Act Service Incentive Grant (DSIG)

CA Dream Act Events

The CA Dream Act Service Incentive Grant (DSIG)

The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant (DSIG) awards a grant to CA Dream Act recipients with a Cal Grant B award, for performing community or volunteer service. Eligible students could receive an award up to $3,000 for the academic year (or up to $1,500 per semester). 

Applying for DSIG: 

  • Consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to verify that you qualify.
  • Identify a qualifying community or volunteer service organization.  
  • Fill out the form and obtain the appropriate signatures.
  • Submit the completed form(s) to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Email the form(s) to

Apply for DSIG

Completing the CA Dream Act Application


CA Dream Act Application 2022-23

CA Dream Act FAQ

Additional Resources 


CA Dream Act Toolkit

USRC Financial Aid Advising Hours