Undocumented students are individuals who were born abroad and may have entered the United States as children without the proper documentation to be considered a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the country despite having resided in the United States since childhood.
The Admission Office works closely with undocumented students and assisting them through the application process, and in sharing more information about financial aid resources available to them. As you are applying, we encourage you to submit your 2017-2018 California Dream Act Application (CADA) by March 2nd, 2017. In addition, your California Dream Act Application along with the NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be available to the public starting October 1st, 2016. Your Cal Grant GPA verification forms and your CADA will be accepted through Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.
We would like to remind you, as is stated on the California Student Aid Commission website, in order to meet eligibility for the Cal Grant through the California Dream Act you:
- Must have attended a California high school for a minimum of 3 or more full academic years (between grades 9 through 12);
- Must have or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D.; or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
- Must register or is currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California;
- Must file or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible; (Applicable to public universities, not Chapman)
- Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.)
The CA Dream Act Application is used by undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements of California Assembly Bill 540 and come from a lower income household or qualify for need-based aid. The application can be found at www.caldreamact.org. The California Student Aid Commission processes the application and any aid received can be used at eligible California public or private institutions. Please use the site above as a resource at the time of applying.