Mesa Journeys



Room: Room I4-309 (3rd floor)
Phone: 619-388-2706
Fax: 619-388-2464

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:00am - 6:00pm
F: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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AB-540 Students

Students with AB-540 Status

What is AB-540?

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 

  1. Time and coursework requirements
    Attendance for three full-time years or the equivalent at any combination of the following:
    • California high school
    • California adult school (including non-credit courses offered by a California community
    • college)
    • California community college (maximum of two years of credit courses can count toward
    • this requirement)
    • OR:
    • Three years of California high school credits, along with three years of total attendance at a
    • California elementary school, California secondary school, or any combination of the two.
  2.  Degree or unit requirements (completion of either of the following):
    • Graduation from a California high school or the equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC, CHSPE)
    • Attainment of an Associate degree from a California Community College
    • Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements from a California Community College to a
    • UC or CSU campus
  3. Registered or enrolled at a California Commuity College.
  4. File an AB-540 Affidavit (California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form) stating you have filed (or will file when eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.

Apply for AB-540 Status

Financial Aid for Students with an AB-540 StATUS

To qualify:

  • Be approved for AB 540 status by the San Diego Mesa College 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 October 1st - March 2nd each year.
    *Please contact Brianna Garcia at the Financial Aid Office and/or a Borderless Scholars Counselor for additional questions.