Room: I4-309 (3rd floor)
Borderless Scholars is designed to serve undocumented youth who want to attend college.
- Walk in & appointment College and Career Counseling
- Book Vouchers & Meal Cards (based on funding)
- On & Off-campus resource referrals
- California Dream Act information and support services
- Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) information
- Assistance completing and filing the AB540 Affidavit
- Matriculation guidance
- Scholarship information and application assistance
- Workshops & events specific to undocumented students
- Social events
- Professional development opportunities for campus faculty, staff and administration
- Ally training
- Peer Mentoring
- Support Academic Partnerships On and Off-Campus
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
- 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 Calfiornia Dream Act application and learn about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the application and deadlines.
AB 540 Resources
- Assistance from EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs
- 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.
- 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
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2012. Under this program, individuals meeting specified requirements can apply to have a deportation action deferred for two years, subject to renewal for an additional two years. Students under DACA are considered by DHS to be lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferred action.
If you are a DACA student and don’t meet AB540 criteria you can still be classified as resident for purposes of assessing tuition, awarding Board of Governors Fee Waivers, and determining eligibility for services that require California residency such as EOPS. To qualify you must meet the California law related to physical presence and the intent to make California home for other than a temporary purpose. For more information, visit the Financial Aid Calfornia Dream Act webpage.