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New Financial Aid Application for Mixed-Status Families Announced and Assembly Member Santiago Responds

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA) Following today’s announcement regarding the updated California Dream Act Application, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“We must help students of all backgrounds receive access to higher education and that means all students should be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to claim the financial aid they are entitled to,” said Assembly Member Santiago.

“While the recent efforts to streamline FAFSA created complications, specifically for students with mixed immigration status families, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has created a workaround to provide state financial aid to these students. CSAC has now opened the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) to mixed-status students experiencing difficulties with the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Although this is a temporary fix to support students impacted by the new FAFSA, we will continue to advocate for students from mixed-status families so they can receive the federal financial aid they are eligible for.”

Free help in filling out the FAFSA and CADAA can be found here and here.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Assistant Assembly Majority Leader. He serves on the Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Tourism Committee, the Health Committee, and the Utilities & Energy Committee. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.