California DREAM Act

Assembly Bill (AB) 130

AB 130 allows universitites to award institutioanl gifts and endowments designated for scholarships by the donor to Undocumented students with AB 540 verifications on file effective January 1st, 2012. AB 130 authorized UC campuses to resume making scholarship awards from these funds to Undocumented students as they did prior to 1996. In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act was passed at the federal level prohibiting Undocumented students from receiving any awards from university funds. Award amounts vary considerably across students, depending on campus policies and the terms of the fund. AB 130 also allows UCs to seek and award private donations that are specifically designated as scholarships for Undocumented students with AB540 verifications on file. 

Assembly Bill (AB) 131

AB 131 makes all AB 540 students - including those who are Undocumented - eligible for Cal Grant entitlement awards and Undocumented AB 540 students eligible for awards from other institutional aid funds, including tuition and fee revenue (e.g., UC's aid program from "return-to-aid" that funds UC's systemwide minimum commitment to financial aid for all undergraduates). AB 131 allows the UC's to resume making awards from all UC funds to AB 540 Undocumented students, as was possible prior to the federal prohibition in 1996.