Frequently Asked Questions

Student who qualify for AB 540 legislation and are undocumented fall into the category of Dream Scholars. The terminology is UCSB specific; it reflects the academic success of these students on our campus.

If you need to talk with someone, start with the UCSB Undocumented Student Services (USS) office located in the EOP suite, 2nd floor of the SRB, or email us at If you have a technical questions regarding financial aid, residency, or admissions and enrollment please reach out to one of the staff in the respective department. Their contact information can be found in the USS Team Page.

Undocumented Students/Dream Scholars are eligible for all the UCSB support services and most campus resources. Peer support programs are primarily given through IDEAS (a UCSB student organization).

Undocumented Students/Dream Scholars are able to work on campus if they have a work permit. For further questions, contact

No. Undocumented Students/Dream Scholars should not file a FAFSA for UC Santa Barbara.

Dream Scholars should file the California Dream Act Application: by the posted deadline (March 2nd of the year prior to enrollment) to be considered for financial aid.

Yes. Students who file a Dream Act Application will be asked similar questions to the FAFSA; if they are identified as 'dependent' students then parental income information is required.

The SLR process is exactly the same for all UCSB students (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students) both new and returning. Campus SLR procedures are provided on the Office of the Registrar website

An individual can request a renewal of DACA standing. (DACA is not tied to UC eligibility or financial aid). Please consult with a qualified attorney for information on DACA. UC students have access to free legal immigration assistance through the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. Make an appointment with our UCSB Staff Attorney here. Attorney's contact information can be found on the USS Team page and Immigration Legal Services page

Undocumented Student Services (USS) Presentation Request

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