As part of the California Education Code, AB 540 allows certain students who have attended high school in California for 3 or more years and earned a high school diploma or its equivalent to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at California public universities.
Most recent update: May 15, 2016
- DACA and Your Workplace Rights FAQ: A list of frequently asked questions about employment rights of DACA-approved individuals, prepared by the National Immigration Law Center.
- Student Legal Services: Obtain free, confidential counseling and education on all types of legal matters, including AB 540 issues and/or undocumented status.
- Steps to Take after Approval of Your DACA Application (I-821D) and Employment Authorization Document (I-765), prepared by UCLA Student Legal Services: A list of actions that students who have been approved for DACA should take regarding work eligibility, obtaining a California driver’s license or identification card and Social Security number, building credit, and more.
- AB 540.com: Offers a wide variety of information for AB 540 students, families, and advisors (in both English and Spanish).
- Korean Resource Center: Provides answers to FAQs for AB 540 and immigrant students.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA): A national association that provides legal services while advocating for fair immigration laws and policies. AILA offers licensed, professional, and free and low-cost help, and resources for researching immigration laws.
- California Immigrant Policy Center: Promotes reasonable immigration policies and informs the public on the latest developments on immigration law and policy and their impacts on the public.
- The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles: Offers information on immigration rights and advocacy.
- Legal Aid Society of San Diego: Provides assistance to low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal matters, including immigration issues.
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Features policy analysis and eligibility requirements for AB 540 students.
- National Immigration Law Center: Offers information on the Federal DREAM Act, in addition to other resources on immigration law and policy.
Financing your Education Goals:
- Berkeley City College Financial Aid Office
- Learn about the California Dream Act and how to apply.
- Ayuda Financiara en Español: Financial aid information and links in Spanish.
- Beca Foundation: A nonprofit Latino scholarship organization that provides options for Latino students seeking to fund their pursuit of higher education.
- College and Financial Aid Guide (PDF): The USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis offers information on how undocumented students can obtain financial aid.
- Get Ready for College: The Minnesota Office of Higher Education provides resources and a list of scholarships available regardless of immigrant status.
- Latino College Dollars: Offers information on scholarships for Latino students, compiled by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) recently published a new resource called “Taking Control of your Education”
California University Information:
- Frequently Asked Questions from Undocumented Students about the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission: An FAQ prepared by the University of California Office of the President for undocumented students completing the UC application.
- UC San Diego Financial Aid office website: Resources for Undocumented Students
- University of California Annual Report on AB 540 Tuition Exemptions: The 2011-2012 (PDF) and 2010-2011 (PDF) reports present the most recent data regarding UC’s implementation of AB540.
- AB 540 CSUF Online Resource Guide: Cal State Fullerton provides application instructions and answers frequently asked questions from AB 540 students.
- AB 540 Online CSULB Resource Guide: Cal State Long Beach offers information on eligibility requirements and a guide for advisors of AB 540 students.
- UCLA Center for Community College Partnerships: The CCP Scholars program is a three-day summer intensive where students learn how to navigate the community college system in order to transfer successfully to the University of California. The program also focuses on the history, educational pipeline, and resources available to AB50/Undocumented communities.
Community Organizations and Allies:
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): An organization dedicated to “empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career, and citizenship”, whose website contains a wealth of information including DACA, scholarships, and much more.
- How to Support College-Bound Undocumented Students: Advice for Parents: A guide (in English and Spanish) for parents of undocumented students, prepared by E4FC.
- Own the Dream: The website for a national campaign to support DREAMers, with news, information, and helpful links.
- Dream Activist: An action and resource network that offers a multicultural, youth-led, social media hub for the movement to pass the DREAM Act and other forms of immigration legislation.
- Underground Undergrads: This Web site contains a blog of stories and first-hand accounts from AB 540 students at the University of California Los Angeles. It also features up-to-date information on AB 540 and the California and Federal DREAM Acts.
- Undocumented Students Unfulfilled Dreams (PDF): A report from the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education discusses the Federal and California DREAM Acts and offers profiles and personal testimonies from AB 540 students.
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