Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an executive order by the Obama Administration announced in 2012, which grants undocumented youth recipients a social security number, work authorization & driver license/identification. DACA does not currently provide a long-term pathway to citizenship.
The National Immigration Law Center has up to date information about DACA.
Another good resource is the California Immigrant Guide which details on the impact of the DACA announcement on State Programs.
The Federal Development, Relief, And Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The goal of the Federal DREAM Act was to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who grew up in the United States. It was first introduced in Congress in 2001.
However, to this day, the Federal Dream Act has not yet passed.
For information about DREAM ACT:
The California Dream Act refers to Assembly Bill 130 & 131 that passed through California legislature in 2011. AB 130 & 131 enabled eligible undocumented students to receive state funded financial aid and privately funded scholarships. The California Dream Act has nothing to do with immigration or pathway to citizenship. It is only for the purposes of receiving state financial aid.
Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a law that was passed in 2001 that allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay resident instead of non-resident tuition fees in California public colleges and universities. For additional information visit: California Student Aid Commission.
Senate Bill 150 passed 2013, where concurrently enrolled students (high school students enrolled in college classes) who are classified as non-resident students for fee/tuition purposes may be eligible for the SB 150 waiver of non-resident fees while still in high school. Students must be part-time (enrolled in 11 units or less) who currently reside in California and are attending high school in California.
Governor Brown signed AB 60 into law in 2013, which directs the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license to any California resident who is eligible, regardless of immigration status. This means that an applicant who is undocumented can receive a driver’s license under AB 60. AB 60 Driver's License Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/ab_60_4_27_15.pdf
Senate Bill 1159, signed into law by Governor Brown in September of 2014, will allow individual applicants for professional licenses to use either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) in their process to seek licensure. The bill also prohibits, except as specified, any entity within the department (of consumer affairs) from denying licensure to an applicant based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status.
AB 21 passed 2017, requires the governing boards of community college districts, Trustees of the California State University, colleges of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and requests the University of California, consistent with state and federal law, to refrain from disclosing personal information concerning students, faculty, and staff.
Among other provisions unrelated to higher education, AB 134 an additional $10 million in financial aid for Dreamers in the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California systems. The community college allocation is $7 million to campuses for emergency financial aid resources to students affected by President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program.
AB 343 passed 2017, exempts California Community College students who are refugees or special immigrant visa holders, who upon entering the United States settled in California, from paying nonresident student fees. The bill also authorizes a community college district to claim these students for apportionment purposes.
SB 68 passed 2017, expands eligibility for the exemption from paying nonresident tuition at California’s public postsecondary institutions, as established under AB 540 (Firebaugh, Chapter 814, Statutes of 2001), to students who attended, or attained credits earned while in California, equivalent to three or more years at an elementary school, secondary school, adult school and/or California Community College. The bill also allows a student to combine attendance or credits earned at these institutions to meet the statutory requirements for the nonresident tuition exemption.