What is AB540 - California Dream Act?
California Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a California law that allows all students who qualify, including undocumented students to pay in-state tuition fees at all California Community Colleges (CCC) the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems.
The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB130), state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB131).
Any student who meets the specific requirements will be exempt from paying nonresident tuition. View current enrollment fees here.
AB540 Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet ALL of these requirements:
- Attended a California high school for three or more years.
- Graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma from California (e.g., GED or California Proficiency Exam).
- Completed a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request.
AB540 Resources and Support
- Saddleback College Financial Aid Office Dream Act
- AB 540
- California Dream Act
- California Student Aid Commission
- National Immigration Law Center
- CSU Long Beach AB540 Online Resource Guide
- TheDream.US Scholarship
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Scholarships