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A NEW and easier financial aid application for California undocumented students

January 1 - January 11

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Many California undocumented students are missing out on financial aid. An easier, new application could get them more money

Please share to our Undocumented Students!  The application process is now better to receive grants. Finally! 🙂

Now, after several years of advocacy and a state law passed this year, California financial aid administrators are about to debut a revised application meant to get more college grants for undocumented students.

Did you know? Only 14% of California’s nearly 100,000 undocumented college students received any state financial aid in 2021-22.

 

Here’s the application!

https://dream.csac.ca.gov/landing

 

About new application!

Each year more than 35,000 undocumented students with dreams of earning a college degree in California apply for the state’s marquee financial aid program, the Cal Grant.

However, only about a third receive it.

With no access to federal financial aid and few work opportunities, losing out on state dollars further undermines the ability of undocumented students to pay for school.

The Cal Grant, for example, waives tuition at California’s public universities and provides cash awards of about $1,650 to community college students

 

Now, after several years of advocacy and a state law passed this year, California financial aid administrators are about to debut a revised application meant to get more college grants for undocumented students.

The California Dream Act Application, often called CADAA, will for the first time allow students to also complete a frequently overlooked legal affidavit that’s essential to accessing state aid. The new application will debut by the end of December.

While a seemingly small change, it spares students from having to fill out two documents separately and at different times in the year, which has been the process ever since undocumented students became eligible for state aid through a 2011 state law. That has resulted in many students completing one form but not the other out of confusion or lack of awareness.

For example, among community college students, about 62,000 completed the affidavit but only around 25,000 finished the dream act application in 2021, according to data from the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency behind the application overhaul.

Read more here.

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