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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 Grant and Chafee Grant.

For more information about the types of financial aid Dream Act students can access, please visit here.

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Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)

AICCU represents 76 California private nonprofit colleges and universities


California Colleges

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California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest higher educational system in the nation comprised of 72 districts and 110 colleges. Community colleges supply workforce training and basic skills education, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.


California State Universities

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Private Colleges

U-CAN is a Web-based resource designed to give students and parents concise, consumer-friendly information on nonprofit, private colleges and universities in a common format. U-CAN was developed and is managed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).


University of California

The websites of individual UC campuses provide a wealth of information about their history, traditions, academic distinctions and social contributions as well as a compendium of facts, figures, maps and pictures.


Western Undergraduate Exchange 

Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state. WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Visit here for more information.

Independent SoCal Colleges & Universities

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CSU Freshman Admission Requirements 

The CSU requires a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C or higher is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.


UC Freshman Admission Requirements 

To satisfy the UC admissions requirement, you must complete the 15 yearlong high school courses, with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year. These courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects.


Click here to see Gladstone courses that meet a-g requirements

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

An AP (Advanced Placement) class is a college-level course taken in high school. Students may take the AP exam in order to gain college credit. UC may grant credits for College Board Advanced Placement tests on which a student scores 3 or higher. The credit toward graduation may get specific subject credit and/or credit toward general education/breadth requirements, as determined by evaluators at each campus.

CSU - Cost of Attendance

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College Cost Calculator

CollegeBoard's College Cost Calculator is a great tool to see how much college will cost by the time you enroll.