California Dream Act Joint Letter

Recently questions have arisen about continued eligibility for state financial aid for certain undocumented students.  The following statement from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and California Department of Education (CDE) attempts to alleviate concerns regarding continued financial aid eligibility for Dreamer students. 


“The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and the California Department of Education (CDE) understand that, in light of recent events, there could be confusion regarding the California Dream Act program, which allows certain undocumented and out-of-state students (“Dreamer”) to receive state financial aid while attending colleges in California.  The California Dream Act is a state law, separate and distinct from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”


“Regardless of what happens at the federal level, state financial aid for Dreamers remains legal in California.  A Dreamer student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for a public education or state financial aid.  Losing DACA status will not affect most state financial aid.”


The full joint letter, including contact information for additional questions, can be read here: California Dream Act Joint Letter.


You may also contact the financial aid office at 805-493-3115 for questions regarding applying for an using CA Dream Act financial aid programs at Cal Lutheran.