The California Student Aid Commission and West Valley College is pleased to announce the release of the statewide California Dream Act Application (Dream Application). For the first time, under Assembly Bills 130 (AB 130) and AB 131, AB 540 eligible students attending college in California may apply for and receive student financial aid from both publicly and privately funded sources. Students can complete the Dream Act Application online.
The Dream Act Application serves students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA. These include undocumented students, a population that have previously not been allowed to apply for state financial aid assistance. If the student lists a college on the Dream Act Application, that college will be provided the data entered through the Dream Act Application.
As of January 2013, applicants will be considered for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver and use the Dream Act Application to apply for state Cal Grant awards.
We encourage current AB 540 eligible college students, and current AB 540 eligible high school students who plan to attend WVC to use the Dream Act Application. Complete application instructions and the Dream Act Application are available online at: www.caldreamact.org. AB540 students attending WVC must also complete the AB540 affidavit with the WVC Admissions Office.
Free workshops Are available for additional 1-0-1 assistance every tuesday at 11am at the financial aid office. Please contact us with any questions at: (408) 741-2024 or Rhonda Kirkland at: (408) 741-2601.
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Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) warns you of scams targeting Cal Grant students.
There have been reports by students that they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be from the Commission who tell the student that they must pay money to receive, or reserve, their Cal Grant award. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
The Commission and its staff never ask for money or credit card information in order for a student to receive his or her Cal Grant award. A Cal Grant is free money, and students are never charged when applying for one using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application.
Please disregard these calls (or e-mails), and alert authorities immediately if contacted. If you believe you have been a target or a victim of financial aid fraud, please contact the Commission. You may also wish to file a report with your police department and/or notify the following agencies:
California Attorney General’s Office
Federal Trade Commission