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California Dream Act (AB540)

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial aid program.

Dream Act

First, the Basics


  • To qualify for the Dream Act, the student must have attended a public or private high school in California for three or more years.
  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example, passed the GED or California High School Proficiency Exam).
  • The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131). Any student who is eligible must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form). Visit here for more information on IVC's residency requirements.

Complete & Submit the AB540 Affidavit to:


  • Irvine Valley College Office of Admissions and Records, located at SC110.
Financial Aid Office

Student Center Room SC130 

In order to accommodate the unprecedented high volume of Financial Aid applications we have received, we have modified our public hours to:

Office hours subject to change.

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Please call ahead to confirm office hours.

Tel: 949-451-5287 | Fax: 949-451-5459

What financial assistance is available to AB540 students?

AB130 (Scholarships) allows student who qualify under AB540 to apply for a non-state funded scholarship. This law took effect on January 1, 2012. For more information on scholarships available to students, visit IVC Scholarships.

AB131 (Grants) allows students who qualify under AB540 to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid, such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grants and the Chafee Grant. This law took effect on January 1, 2013. Click here for more information on Dream Act Financial Aid Programs.

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