AB 540 & DACA

What is AB 540?

Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California State Law that allows students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California Community College, regardless of immigration status.

Eligibility (must meet all of the following criterion)

To Apply for AB 540 status

Financial aid is available to AB540 students!

To qualify you must:

As an AB 540 student you are eligible to apply for state financial aid. To determine eligibility you must complete and submit the online California Dream Act Application. Priority filing/application period is January 1st – March 2nd.

For additional questions or information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (760) 795-6711.

Available services for AB540

AB540 Webinar

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2012.  Under this program, individuals meeting specified requirements can apply to have a deportation action deferred for two years, subject to renewal for an additional two years.  Students under DACA are considered by DHS to be lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferred action. 

If you are a DACA student and don’t meet AB540 criteria you can still be classified as resident for purposes of assessing tuition, awarding Board of Governors Fee Waivers, and determining eligibility for services that require California residency such as EOPS. To qualify you must meet the California law related to physical presence and the intent to make California home for other than a temporary purpose.

For more information visit the Admissions Office in building 3300 at the Oceanside Campus or in the administration building at the San Elijo Campus.

 Financial aid eligibility after MiraCosta

See what other college and universities have to offer:

If the college or university that you are interested in is not listed above please visit the individual school's website for information regarding AB 540 policies and resources.

Additional information

Allies from various departments: