AB540 Students

"All students should prepare for college regardless of immigration status. By law, undocumented students have a right to Kindergarten to 12th grade. A college education may not be a right, but it is a life necessity. Young people now-a-days need the best preparation for life and that means that preparing for the workforce is preparing for college." - AB540.com


  • Deffered Action is not a law
  • Affords students ability to legally work
  • In California: ability to get CA ID/DL
  • Relief from deportation proceedings
  • Must be renewed every 2 years

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CA Dream Act

  • All of the AB 540 Requirements
  • Application Process very similar to FAFSA
  • Steams from AB 130 & AB 131
  • Itin # will suffice, no need for SSN
  • This is State Financial Aid not Federal

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AB 540

  • 3+ years of High school
  • High school diploma - GED -Passed CHSPE
  • Register or enrolled in college/University
  • File afidavid with institution
  • Musn't hold a valid visa (F,J,H,L,A,E,etc.)

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California Dream Act of 2011

The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills. AB 130 (pdf) & AB 131 (pdf).


AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria California Education Code 68130.5(a) (pdf) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant. You can apply for financial aid through the California Dream Act application which can be found at dream.csac.ca.gov. This website will give you full information about the benefits you can now receive as a result of the California Dream Act.

AB 540 & AB 2000

The California Assembly Bill AB 540 (pdf) first enacted in 2001 and subsequently updated via AB 2000 (pdf) in 2014 offer asistance to certain individuals who do not meet California Residency for the purposes of education.

In State tuition

AB 540 created a new exemption from payment of non-resident tuition for certain nonresident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Expanding ease of access

AB 2000 provides that a student may qualify for exemption from nonresident tuition either by high school attendance in California for 3 or more years or by either elementary or secondary school attendance, or both, in California for a total of 3 or more years and attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to 3 or more years of full-time high school coursework, in addition to the other conditions referenced as part of the AB540 bill.

AB 540 Students Can Apply to EOP

AB 540 students now may also apply to EOP programs as long as they are either low income and/or first generation college students. To apply for EOP, applicants need to submit their CSU admission application on www.CSUMentor.edu, during the specified application period. Right before the end of the application you will see “Are you interested in applying to EOP?” Select YES and then in the next page you will follow a link to begin the online EOP Application.

*Marking yes does not indicate applying to EOP. You must also finish the separate EOP application.

Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals

Executive Action

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status. This is all made possible through an Executive Action by the Obama administration; as this is not a law, this status can be revoked or terminated at any time by the executive branch of the government (President).

For more information on all up-to-date requirements and related information please visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals

Education Without Borders

With upwards of 30,000 student at SDSU, finding a support network and groups which one can identify can be a crucial component of student success when in higher education, EWB is one such group for AB540 & other marginalized students.

About EWB

At San Diego State University, one of the main groups making a concerted effort to work with undocumented/AB540/Dreamer students is Education Without Borders at San Diego State University (EWB). EWB is an entirely student run organization founded on April 24th, 2009 which aims to highlight the issues affecting, and create a support system for, all undocumented and marginalized students; in doing so, they encourage diversity and promote equal access of education reguardless of situation or circumstance.

Supporting AB 540 Students

Currently, EWBs focus is on supporting Undocumented students by providing them with knowledge about the services and opportunities specifically available to them on campus and the community at large all-the-while continuing to increase public knowledge and support by creating allies on campus and in the community at-large through presentations, interactions, education and by being an actively participating visible presence in all aspects.

To learn more or become involved, please visit the Education without borders website or attend one of their weekly meetings.

Resources for Undocumented Students



Dream Act Information


 Dream Act Presentations


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