In accordance with AB 540, students other than nonimmigrant persons with valid visas who attended a California high school for a minimum of three years and graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent, may be eligible for an exemption from the nonresident tuition fee. Students without lawful immigration status are required to file an affidavit to verify that they have filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. Students who are nonimmigrant persons with valid visas (e.g., F-visa holders or B-visa holders) are not eligible for this AB 540 exemption. To qualify for the AB 540 waiver, students must fill out the
AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form and provide a copy of their official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
Financial Aid for AB 540 Students
The recently passed California Dream Act, comprising new state laws AB 130 and AB 131, have extended eligibility for certain types of institutional and state aid to students, including undocumented students, who qualify for nonresident tuition exemption under AB 540. Eligible students will be able to receive the BOG Fee Waiver starting January 1, 2013 and will be able to receive the Cal Grant beginning Fall 2013 term. To learn more about the California Dream Act, please visit the
California Student Aid Commission's website.
Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) Application for AB540 Students (Use this application to apply for a registration fee waiver if you are an AB540 student under the California Dream Act.)
Please review The California Dream Act: A Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students. This guide is a comprehensive resource for students, parents and educators navigating the California Dream Act application. This guide covers basic information, eligibility requirements, detailed information on grants, application steps and frequently asked questions.