Alert to Dreamers: CA Dream Act vs. DACA

In light of recent concerns among undocumented youth and families regarding the future of the federal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, in December 2016 and January 2017, the California Department of Education and the California Student Aid Commission each released public alerts to clarify the difference between DACA and the California Dream Act Application (the application for AB540-qualifying students to apply for college financial aid from the state of California).

The following memos were sent to district and school administrators, principals and counselors to share with their students. With the March 2nd priority deadline for the Cal Grant fast approaching, we are sharing these memos with students and schools with the reminder that the CA Dream Act and the Cal Grant are California state programs. These programs will not be affected by changes to the federal DACA program, and California-based financial aid will continue to be made available to AB540-qualifying students without endangering students’ safety or privacy.

View the original memos here: