AB540 Students (English)

California Dream Act of 2011
The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grants and the Chafee Grant.

Eligibility for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGFW) at the California Community Colleges became effective in January 2013. Eligibility for Cal Grants became effective for the 2013-2014 school year.

AB540 students may complete the California DREAM Act Application by clicking this link, Dream Act Application.

BOG Fee Waivers
AB540 students can complete the California DREAM Act application for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 by clicking this link, Dream Act Application.

Or students can go to the Financial Aid Office during registration periods to complete the 2016-2017 the current BOG Fee Waiver application.

New Scholarship Eligibility
Effective January 1, 2012, all students (including all AB 540 students) are welcome to apply for any scholarship unless otherwise specified by the donor.

ITIN Required to Receive Grants and Scholarships
Students who do not have a U.S. Social Security Number, must apply for and obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to be disbursed a grant or scholarship.

  • An ITIN is required by law and applies to third parties who receive a scholarship and/or grant over $600. This requirement is in compliance with the U.S. Treasury regulations.

AB540 students should apply for an ITIN in advance. The process to receive an ITIN can take up to two months.

How to Apply for an ITIN:
Individuals do not have to provide proof of legal resident status to obtain an ITIN.

To obtain an ITIN, you must complete IRS Form W-7, IRS Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (PDF). You may either mail the documentation, along with the Form W-7, to the address shown in the Form W-7 Instructions, present it at IRS walk-in offices, or process your application through an Acceptance Agent authorized by the IRS.

Form W-7(SP), Solicitud de Número de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (PDF) is available for use by Spanish speakers.

What is the purpose of an ITIN?
ITINs are used for tax purposes only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers.


1. Does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security Benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit.

2. Is not valid for identification outside of the tax system.

3. Does not establish immigration status.

This page last updated on October 28, 2016.