FAFSA vs DREAM
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
Students who are citizens, eligible non-citizens, or have a T visa or TPS status should use the FAFSA. For more clarity about the specific categories of eligible non-citizens who are eligible to file a FAFSA, review the FAFSA application or click here to see the Citizenship Status form and requirements to clear the Department of Homeland Security citizenship requirements.
CA DREAM Application (DREAM):
Students who are not citizens, nor eligible citizens AND meet the AB 540 criteria, OR are U Visa holders should use the CA Dream Application.