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undocumented students


This web page is intended to provide information to faculty and staff seeking to advise AB 540 Students and for undocumented nonresident high school and college students seeking information about their eligibility for AB 540 and resources.

State Law

On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 (Stats. 2001, ch. 814) that added a new section 68130.5 to the California Education Code. Section 68130.5 created a new exemption from the payment of nonresident tuition for certain nonresident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent. [Education Code section 68130.5]


The process for applying to Cal State Los Angeles is no different for any student with the exception of completing the residency section of the application:

California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Application Form (Adobe PDF file)
and General Information.

Living in the United States, A Guide for Immigrant Youth

Published by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (External website), the guide offers information about the ways that immigration status can impact a youth's ability to get a job, go to college, or remain in the United States.

Paying for College

Paying for College
The Assembly Bill (AB-131) allows students who meet AB-540 criteria to apply for and receive selected state funded financial aid programs such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, and Chafee Grant.  
Beginning the 2014-2015 academic year, AB-540 students will also be considered for Cal Grant awards.
To learn more about Cal Grant eligibility requirements, please go to

AB-540 students who are interested in applying for state funded financial aid programs must complete a California Dream Act application.  
The California Dream Act application and key deadline dates for the 2014-2015 academic year can be found at
Please note the California Dream Act application must be renewed each year.

California Dream Act Application Apply Now!
Dream Act Application:

Students must meet all Cal Grant Requirements to be eligible.
Cal Grant requirements:
Students should seek assistance from their colleges’ or universities’ Office of Financial Aid.

CALSTATELA has a number of scholarships available to students. The following links are also recommended.
. Latino College Dollars
. Scholarships/ Lista de BECAS for All Students Regardless of Immigration Status.
. The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid provides a link to the AB 540 legislation.
. The College an d Financial Aid Guide for AB 540 Undocumented Immigrant Students
. Life After College Guide for Undocumented Students
. California Student Aid Commission

Student Support Group

AB 540 students and friends meet on a regular basis during the school year.
The group advisors, Luz Borjon and Frank Cornelio, can be reached respectively at
323-343-4367 and 323-343-3127.
You can get additional information by visiting Students United to Reach Goals in Education Project, also known as SURGE.

The Future
. Immigration and Dream Act Information
. Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)
. General Information

Advising Training Material

(Courtesy of CSU, Long Beach) AB 540 Advisor Training Presentation (Adobe PDF file)

5151 State University Drive . Los Angeles . CA 90032 . (323) 343-3000
2008 Trustees of the California State University

Last Update: 02/3/2014