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What is AB540?
Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California State Law that allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees to attend any UC, CSU, or California Community College
Eligibility for AB 540 Status
- Attended a California high school for at least 3 years.
- Graduated from a California high school, obtained a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam prior to the first day of the semester.
- Registered or enrolled at a California Community College.
- File an AB 540 Affidavit stating you have filed (or will file when eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
Apply for AB 540 Status
- Complete the AB 540 Affidavit.
- Provide a copy of your California high school transcript indicating at least 3 years of attendance and graduation.
- Submit all eligibility documents to the Admissions Office.
Financial Aid for AB 540 Students
- Be approved for AB 540 status by the Admissions office
- Complete and submit the online California Dream Act Application
- As an AB 540 Student you are eligible for state financial aid. To determine eligibility, you must complete and submit the online California Dream Act Application. The priority filing/application period is January 1 - March 2 each year. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional questions.
- Visit the California Student Aid Commission to complete the California Dream Act application and learn about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the application and deadlines.
AB 540 Resources
- Mesa College Scholarship Opportunities
- Sin Fronteras Scholarship The Sin Fronteras Scholarship awards funding to Undocumented Students of San Diego Mesa College for the purpose of their educational advancement. Eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5; be currently enrolled at Mesa College in at least 6 units; and have completed at least 12 units at Mesa College. This scholarship opportunity is open to ALL undocumented students, including AB540 and DACA. This scholarship is for students attending Mesa College.
- MALDEF Scholarship Resources
- California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, Scholarship Program
- Levin-Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Resources for Undocumented Students
- Ready Now San Diego
- MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
- Mexican Consulate of San Diego
- CollegeBoard's National Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students