Thanks to those who attended one of our workshops. If you missed us or still have questions, stop by to speak with a financial aid counselor, Student Services West, Room 3605.
Remember to check the 2013-14 tab in your AidLink account for instructions specific to your FAFSA.
Watch "How to Use AidLink" for a video guide to understanding how to complete the financial aid and scholarship application process at SDSU.
The California Dream Act
The California Dream Act of 2011 became law through the passage of two state bills. AB 130 relating to private scholarships and AB 131 relating to financial aid administered by the State of California.
The California Dream Act allows students who meet certain criteria (as defined by AB 540) to apply for and, if eligible, receive —
- Privately funded scholarships at public universities (beginning with SDSU scholarships awarded for the 2012-13 academic year)
- SDSU financial aid like State University Grant (SUG) (beginning with awards for the 2013 spring semester)
- State financial aid like Cal Grants (beginning with awards for the 2013-14 academic year)
AB 540 Requirements
Under AB 540, a student who is without lawful immigration status may request an exemption from paying nonresident tuition if the student —
- attended a California high school for 3 or more years, and
- graduated from a California high school or passed the GED or California High School Proficiency Exam.
The student must complete and submit a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (sometimes referred to as an AB 540 Affidavit) with required documentation to the SDSU Office of Admission.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA is a federal status that gives two years of defered action to certain individuals who are not in lawful immigration status and entered the United States as minors.
- DACA is not the same as AB 540.
- If a DACA student meets AB 540 requirements, he or she can apply for SDSU and State financial aid using the California Dream Application.
- If a DACA student does not meet AB 540 requirements, he or she cannot use the California Dream Application nor the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- A DACA student may apply for scholarships that do not have residency or citizenship requirements.
California residency or U. S. citizenship requirement
For privately funded SDSU scholarships, the eligibility requirements established by the scholarship donors remain in effect.
No residency or citizenship requirement
AB 540 student
AB 130 allows a student who qualifies under AB 540 to apply for scholarships that do not have a residency or citizenship requirement. If the scholarship requires an applicant to demonstrate financial need, AB 540 students should complete and submit a California Dream Act Application.
A DACA student who does not meet AB 540 requirements and who cannot complete a California Dream Application nor a FAFSA, may apply for SDSU scholarships that do not have a residency or citizenship requirement.
If a DACA student applies for an SDSU scholarship, meets all other eligibility requirements (such as GPA, class level, etc.), and is identified by the scholarship committee as a finalist for a particular scholarship, a form will be provided so that we may evaluate the finalist's financial need.
Search and apply now
If you are an AB 540 or DACA student, search and apply for SDSU scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements, including those scholarships that require demonstration of financial need. Check back regularly as we will update the Web site as more information becomes available.
SDSU Financial Aid for Spring 2013
May 18, 2012 was the priority deadline to apply and be considered for aid for the 2013 spring semester. However, you may still apply based on the availability of funds.
AB 131 allows a student who qualifies under AB 540 to apply for state-funded financial aid such as State University Grant (SUG). This program requires an applicant to demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An alternative process to filing a FAFSA was developed for AB 540 students who want to apply for SUG to be awarded and disbursed during the 2013 spring semester.
State Financial Aid for 2013-14
The Dream Application will collect the information needed to determine eligibility for funding under AB 131.
- Apply January 1 through March 2, 2013 by completing a new Dream Application and a Cal Grant GPA Verification form.
- Once you have applied, the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will create an SDSU AidLink account for you and notify you by e-mail that you may login to your account and check the status of your application. Your AidLink account will specify what other information or documents you must submit so that we may determine your eligibility. Read more about using AidLink.
- If eligible, awarded aid will be disbursed during the 2013-14 academic year.
Check back regularly as we will update the Web site as more information becomes available.
For more information about the California Dream Act (AB 130 and AB 131) and AB 540 eligibility, review the California Student Aid Commission Web site.
For more information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), review the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site.
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