Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance program is here to help PCC students if a financial crisis crops up which threatens your ability to stay in college.

What is Dreamkeepers

Dreamkeepers is a project of Scholarship America, and is meant to help out in times of unforeseen financial emergencies, which can happen at any time. Dreamkeepers will cover certain eligible expenses, such as utilities, rent, medical and dental costs, or automobile expenses. It’s a one-time deal, and you can’t use the money for books- or tuition-related expenses. But if you find yourself in financial hardship you couldn’t have foreseen, and it means you may seriously need to drop out of college in order to take care of it, then Dreamkeepers might be able to help.


 To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    (for Cal Applicants and/or AB540 students, click here)
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units
  • Have completed at least one semester at PCC
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher
  • Have a verifiable street and e-mail address
  • Be facing a verifiable, unforeseen financial emergency

Ineligible Expenses Includes: Tuition, school fees, books, legal expenses, nicotine or any other controlled substance.

If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements above, you should contact the Dreamkeeps College Administrator at 626-585-7803 to discuss your situation.

Application Process

To apply for Dreamkeepers, complete the the online application at pasadena.dreamkeepers.org and upload or submit legible copies of bills, receipts, or estimates verifying your financial emergency. Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

After your completed application has been submitted, you should be prepared to discuss your financial emergency and provide additional documentation if requested. After the interview, you will be notified of the decision.

Assistance Payments

If approved for funding, in most cases payments will be made payable to a third part. Payment type will be determined by the college on a case-by-case basis. New students may be eligible for a grant of $250 during their first semester

Get More Information on Dreamkeepers

Call (626) 585-7384 or visit the Office of Student Life in CC-105 to get more information! 

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