Apply for the Dream Act
Apply for the Dream Act
The California Dream Act is available October 1st of every year. You must submit the application online before the March 2nd priority deadline the following year.
Steps to Apply for the California Dream Act
The California Dream Act must be submitted for every year you plan to use financial aid. Please note that submitting the application prior to the March 2nd priority deadline will maximize the amount of finanical aid you may be able to receive.
1. Access the California Dream Act Application online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov
2. First-time applicants must create a User ID and Password, while renewal applicants can retrieve a forgotten User ID and reset a forgotten Password
3. Start an application for the correct academic year:
2019-20: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020
2020-21: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021
4. Provide the requested tax & income information from two years prior:
2019-20: 2017 tax & income information
2020-21: 2018 tax & income information
5. If you cannot answer “Yes” to any of the Dependency Questions, you must provide parent information
6. Add CCSF to your application using the Federal School Code 00450200
7. Electronically sign your application, and if you are considered Dependent, have your parent electronically sign by creating a Parent PIN for first-time signers, or retrieving a forgotten PIN for renewal signers
Questions on the California Dream Act
When submitting the California Dream Act, you may have questions on the process. To help, we have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions.
Is a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) required to submit the California Dream Act? No, a SSN or ITIN is not required to submit a California Dream Act. If you do not have an SSN or ITIN, leave that question blank. If parent information is required, but your parent does not have an SSN or ITIN, enter 000-00-000.
How do I answer the Citizenship Status question on the California Dream Act? If you are not a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen, such as a Permanent Resident, then answer "I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen."
Is it safe to put my information on the California Dream Act? Yes, the California Student Aid Commission released a joint statement with the Department of Education confirming that the California Dream Act is only used to determine finanical aid information, and it will not be shared with the federal government or used for immigration enforcement purposes. Additionally, the information provided on the California Dream Act will be protected to the fullest extent of the law. Please review the full statement for more information.