Application Opens: October 1st of each calendar year
Priority Filing Deadline: March 2nd of each calendar year
Apply on the CSAC website.
Tax Year Data Used:
2019 tax return for the 2021-2022 CADAA
2018 tax return for the 2020-2021 CADAA
*Make sure to have your and your parents income information ready such as tax returns and W-2 forms.
UC Santa Barbara's School Code: #001320
Is Parent Signature Required?
Yes, please ensure your parent signs the application in order for the application to be processed successfully.
Resources: CA Dream Act Checklist (Immigrants Rising)
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to receive a call back from an advisor or
Contact Esmeralda Tranquilino | Dream Scholars Advisor
For recently admitted students, estimated financial aid award letters (also known as Financial Aid Offers) will become available during the month of March - roughly about 1-2 weeks after admission decisions are released.
For current and incoming students, official award letters are released on a rolling basis beginning in in mid-July.
If a student is selected for the verification process, our office will notify them via their UCSB email. Current students can check their My Aid Status or visit ucsb.verifymyfafsa.com to reveiw any required documents. All students can check ahead of time if they were selected for verification by looking at the summary page of their submitted CADAA. Please note that even if a student was not initially selected for verification, they can be selected for verification after making any corrections to their already submitted CADAA.
Financial Circumstances Changed
At times, the income information reported on a student’s California Dream Act Application (CADAA) does not accurately reflect a family’s current financial circumstances. Situations that impact a student and/or family’s ability to contribute to the cost of education can be reevaluated through a Family Contribution Appeal. Please note that these appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis. For more information, please refer to our Appeals section of our website.
*2021-2022 appeals will be available early-mid summer.