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CPS Dream Fund Scholarship

The CPS Dream Fund Scholarship was established over a decade ago to assist talented undocumented students and DREAMers in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

The scholarship assists need-based undocumented students and DREAMers as they pursue post-secondary education. A significant number of CPS students are undocumented and due to state and federal financial aid policies, these students are ineligible to receive any Federal aid. Funding for this scholarship is made possible through tax-deductible contributions to the CPS Dream Fund. The scholarship awards will be sent directly to the colleges or universities that the awardees attend in the fall of each academic year.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Current Chicago Public Schools High School Senior
  • Undocumented Student/Dreamer
  • Must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Currently enrolled and attending a Chicago Public High School (including charter schools).
  • Plan to attend a regionally accredited two or four-year institution (college/university) of higher education in the fall

2023-2024 Application Timeline

  • Application Opens – November 1, 2023
  • Application Closes – May 10, 2024
  • Renewal Application Opens – May 1, 2024
  • Renewal Application Closes – May 31, 2024

Application Instructions for All CPS Students, Except for Charter Students

Most qualified students can start their application by visiting the Dream Fund webpage on their Academic Works account. 

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Application Instructions for Charter Students

Charter school students should complete the following steps to apply for the scholarship.

DREAMer Status

This scholarship is open to Undocumented/DREAMers only. CPS DREAMers, Undocumented and/or TPS (Temporary Protective Status) are eligible to apply. A DREAMer is a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident high school student who qualifies for in-state college tuition under Illinois’ HB-60 State Legislation and who will benefit from the Illinois DREAM Act, a provision that supports children of immigrants in Illinois signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in 2011. At this time Visa holders, Asylum Seekers or Refugee students, U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship. If you are unsure of your status, please consult with your parents before completing this application.

More Resources

For more information on scholarships, view the Application Guide. In Illinois, undocumented students can also apply for financial aid through ISAC.

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