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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA is a federal status that gives 2 years of deferred action to certain individuals who are not in lawful immigration status and who entered the United States as minors.

  • DACA students do not meet the eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and cannot complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • DACA students who meet AB 540 requirements can apply for SDSU and state financial aid using the California Dream Act Application.
  • DACA is not the same as AB 540.
  • DACA students who do not meet AB 540 requirements cannot use the California Dream Act Application or the FAFSA.
  • DACA students may apply for scholarships that do not have residency or citizenship requirements.

For more information about DACA, visit U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.