California Dream Act Students
Dream Act 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, even though they may have resided here since childhood. We work closely with undocumented students to assist them with the application and financial aid process.
If a student is a part of a mixed status family (meaning that the student may be a U.S. citizen, but one or more family members may be undocumented), they are able to receive support from the DREAMers support network.
California Dream Act Application
As you apply to Cal Lutheran, we encourage you to submit a California Dream Act Application. This 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 California Student Aid Commission process the application and any aid received can be used at eligible California public or private institutions.
Cal Grant Eligibility
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 Cal Lutheran)
- Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.)
Cal Lutheran Access Grants
Access Grants are awarded annually to Dream Act eligible students. To be considered students must complete a California Dream Act Application every year. There are a limited number of grants available. The amount of the grant may change in subsequent years. The final amount will be determined annually by the Office of Financial Aid. Learn more about Cal Lutheran access grants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Any student regardless of citizenship background is reviewed for admission, as long as they complete their Common Application and turn in all the required documents for admission. Undocumented and DACA students follow the same application procedures as other first-year or transfer students and apply by the set deadlines.
Every student that applies to Cal Lutheran is considered for a merit-based scholarship. These awards are competitive gift awards that are based on a student's overall academic profile. If you are offered admission to Cal Lutheran and are deemed merit eligible, then you will receive your scholarship notification along with your admission decision.
Undocumented applicants are not eligible for federal financial aid, therefore, are not able to submit the FAFSA. However, every student that submits an application for admission to Cal Lutheran is reviewed for admission and is concurrently evaluated for merit scholarships; regardless of citizenship status.
Please contact us if you have any questions, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
DREAMer Point of Contacts
While you have many allies on campus, there are a few that you should know about. They are ready to help answer any questions you may have.
- Matt Ward
- Erashel Vaiz
- Elena Jaloma
Student Support Services
- Miriam Diaz
Counseling and Psychological Services
- Caitlin Hodges
On campus housing
- Diana Hernandez
Applying to Cal Lutheran
Living on Campus
- Paloma Vargas
Hispanic Serving Institute Initiatives
- Nicole Gonzales
Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion
- Hazel Salazar-Davidson
- Kathy Palmer
- Cynthia Duarte
- Jessica Lavariega Monforti
Classes and Professors
Several members of our Cal Lutheran community have completed the DREAMer Ally Training. The allies below will have our Cal Lutheran butterfly symbol on or near their door for you see. Feel free to reach out to any of your allies!