AB 540

California Dream Act

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California Dream Act Application

Submitting the Non-Resident Tuition Exemption form

Visit the Admissions Residency website to apply online for AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 and the Residence Questionnaire for new and continuing students.


California Dream Act Legislative Provisions

AB 130 (PDF) effective January 1, 2012.

AB 131 (PDF) effective January 1, 2013.

Other state bills signed to improve opportunities for (AB 540) students in Higher Education.

AB 844 (PDF) (Lara) Student Government Body (Effective January 1, 2012)

AB 176 (PDF) (Lara) Standardized Testing: Valid Identification (Effective January 1, 2012)

AB 540 State Law

AB 540, signed into law on October 12, 2001, authorizes any student, including undocumented students who meet specific criteria to pay in-state tuition at California's public colleges and universities (e.g. California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California).

Any student, except a person in nonimmigrant status, who meets the requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California if they meet the following requirements:

AB 540 Eligibility Requirements

Students must have attended a California high school for 3 or more years and have  graduated or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma;

Students must have registered or currently be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California;

Students must have filed or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that they will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;

Students may not be non-immigrants holding a valid lettered non-immigrant visa.

(Source: The College & Financial Aid Guide for: AB540 Undocumented Immigrant Students)