Dreamers (AB540)

Are you a recent high school graduate or GED recipient or going to be?

Are you concerned that you can't go to college because of your immigration status?

Are your parents concerned about family confidentiality so you can't tell anyone of your immigration status?

Is the cost of higher education keeping you from applying?

If you dream of a better future, you can prepare for it, even if you are undocumented you can pay lower in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition if you qualify for AB 540. This is possible because of a state law known as AB 540.

As a result of AB 540 you can qualify for exemption from out-of-state tuition if you:

  • Have attended a California high school for 3 full academic years
  • Have or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D.; or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam
  • Will register or are currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California
  • Fill out an affidavit stating that you will apply for legal US residency as soon as possible
  • Must NOT hold a valid NON-immigrant visa


AB 540 students are required to file an affidavit (Form I-134)

The Affidavit certifies that the student is in the process of legalizing their residency status or will file for legal residency as soon as they are eligible.

This Affidavit serves two purposes:

  1. Verify the student meets the educational requirements
  2. Certify the intent to establish legal US residency


The Affidavit is available at the Department of Homeland Security website or csac.ca.gov

Visit the Student Services Office to apply for AB540 status today! or Apply online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

  • First complete a Dream Act Application. You may need your parents' income information and both student and parent will be required to apply for a PIN to sign electronically. Your High School will need to submit your GPA electronically. Make sure the name you used in High School matches the one you use on the application. The information on the application is not shared with third paries. Deadline is March 2nd.
  • Once you've completed admissions and the affidavit in Student Services, you will be eligible to complete an application for the California Community College Promise Grant, formerling known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waiver. This will allow you to register for your classes and its paid for through the state of California.

  • You are eligible for:

    California Community College Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waiver, to pay your tuition after the application is completed.

    Cal Grant B or C, to use for tuition/books/supplies if Dream Act application and GPA is submitted before March 2nd each year.

    EOPS/CARE, to support you and stipends to use for books/supplies.

    AB540 students should go to www.webgrants4students.org to log-in and check the status of your Cal Grant and see if you qualified for one. Also check to make sure you have the correct college listed.