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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
- 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
- California community college (maximum of two years of credit courses can count toward
- this requirement)
- 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.
- 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
- Registered or enrolled at a California Commuity College.
- 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
- Complete the AB 540 Affidavit.
- Submit all eligibility documents to the San Diego Mesa College Admissions Office
*See a Borderless Scholars counselor for assistance
Financial Aid for Students with an AB-540 StATUS
- 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.
- Additional Resources for Undocumented/AB540 Students available at the Borderless Scholars’ Website
- Learn more about how our District supports Dreamers! Click here!