AB 540 exempts students (including undocumented students) who meet eligibility requirements from out-of-state tuition fees.
In 2017, AB 540 was expanded through SB68 to include adult schools and CA Community Colleges (non-credit and credit classes) attendance and other graduation or degree requirements.
Students must meet the requirements for Part One & Part Two
PART ONE: Time and Coursework Requirements (either A or B):
PART TWO: Degree or Unit Requirements (completion of any of the following):
Qualifying for AB 540/SB 68 provides students with the ability to pay resident fees and apply for the state-based financial aid through the CA Dream Act, if eligible. AB 540/SB 68 also allows eligible students to 1) participate in EOP&S and EOP at the CCC, CSU & UC and 2) receive the admissions application fee waiver at the CSU & UC.
Submitting the Affidavit - Students must also complete and submit the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB 540/SB 68 Affidavit) in order to qualify for in-state tuition, along with official transcripts and/or attendance records, if required.
It’s important for students to check with the Admissions/Registrar Office to be aware of the ideal timeline for submitting the affidavit.
FAQ for Affidavit Submission: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/submitting-the-affidavit/
Information for students from mixed status families: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/mixed-status-households-how-to-apply-for-in-state-tuition-and-financial-aid/
Cerro Coso Community College will not release any personally identifiable student information, including any data related to immigration status, without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.
The CCCs, CSUs & UCs are open to all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission, regardless of immigration status.
Students can be confident that based on federal and state law, any information they submit on their college admission and/or financial aid applications will not put themselves or their families at risk.
Directory information, which includes name, dates of attendance, and other factors can be considered public information. Students may request that the college restrict access to their directory information by contacting the Admissions or Registrar’s Office. Directory information, which includes name, dates of attendance, and other factors can be considered public information. Students may request that the college restrict access to their directory information by contacting the Admissions or Registrar’s Office.
The CA Dream Act is a state-based financial aid program for eligible undocumented students that was established in Spring 2012 by the CA Student Aid Commission.
Note: DACA is not required to apply for the CA Dream Act. DACA is a federal program, while CA Dream Act is a state-based financial aid program.
The CA Dream Act allows AB 540/ SB 68 students to apply for:
Scholarships that are based on criteria, other than proof of citizenship or legal residency. Additionally, scholarships that use the CA Dream Application or the FAFSA to determine financial need.
Criteria can vary, but the common denominator is that a social security number and proof of citizenship or legal residency is not required to apply or receive the scholarship.
Money you don’t have to pay back that can help cover educational expenses.
Visit https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/undergraduate-scholarships/ for a list of scholarships.
Selective Service and CA Dream Act: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/selective-service-and-ca-dream-act/
Verifying your income for the CA Dream Act Application: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/verifying-your-income-for-the-ca-dream-act-application/