YOU Can Afford College Regardless of Your Immigration Status
There are 3 California laws that make a college education more accessible and affordable to all AB 540 students, including undocumented students. To download the CA Dream Act Fact Sheet, scroll down to the bottom.
AB540 - Signed into law October 12, 2001, authorizes any students, including undocumented students, who meet the following criteria to pay in-state tuition at California's public colleges and universities.
- Attended a CA high school for 3 or more years
- Graduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma
- Registered or currently be enrolled at a public college/university in CA
- Filed or will file an affidavit with your college/university
- May not be a non-immigrant holding a valid lettered non-immigrant visa*
Dream Act Part 1 - AB 130 - Signed into law July 25, 2011, authorizes AB540 students to apply to privately funded scholarships given out by a California public college/university. Effective January 1, 2012
- Be classified as AB 540
- Meet each scholarship’s requirements (this will be implemented by campus)
CA Dream Act Part 2 – AB 131 - Signed into law Oct. 8, 2011, authorizes AB540 students to apply for Board of Governor's Fee Waiver, Institutional Aid, and Cal Grants. Effective January 1, 2013
- Be eligible for AB 540
- G.P.A. and income requirements as decided by the California Student Aid Commission
- The CA Dream Network, CHIRLA, among other organizations are working closely with the CA Student Aid Commission to create a secure, efficient, and reliable statewide financial aid application, similar to FAFSA, but for AB 540 students. We expect to have it ready by the end of next year.
*Non-immigrant students are not eligible for this exemption. Non-immigrant students, as defined by federal immigration law, may hold one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, U, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD, and V, AND TROV, and NATO.
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