AB 540 & DACA
What is AB 540?
Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California State Law that allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California Community College.
Eligibility (must meet all of the following criterion)
- Attended a California high school for at least three years;
- Graduated from a California high school, obtained a G.E.D or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam prior to the first day of the semester;
- Registered or enrolled at a California Community College;
- File an AB 540 affidavit stating you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
To Apply for AB 540 status
- Complete the Affidavit.
- Provide a copy of your California high school transcript indicating a minimum of 3 years of attendance and graduation.
- Provide evidence of California high school graduation (this is usually on the transcript).
- Submit all documents to the Admissions Office located in building 3300 at the Oceanside Campus or in the Administration Building at the San Elijo Campus.
Financial aid is available to AB540 students!
To qualify you must:
- Be approved for AB 540 status by the Admissions Office.
- Complete and submit the online California Dream Act Application: http://dream.csac.ca.gov.
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
- State financial aid like Board of Governors Fee Waivers (BOG), Cal Grants and Chafee Grants – determined through your California Dream Act application: https://dream.csac.ca.gov.
- Assistance from EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs.
- MiraCosta College Textbook Loan Program.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- California Dream Act
- Additional Information regarding AB540
- Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency: FAQs for Students, Educators and Social Services Providers
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
- UC - http://www.ucop.edu/student-affairs/policies/universitywide-program-policies-and-guidelines/AB540.html
See what other college and universities have to offer:
- California State University San Marcos
- University of California San Diego
- San Diego State University
- UC Santa Cruz
- UC Davis
- UC Merced
- UC Berkeley
- CSU Long Beach
- San Francisco
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.
- Life after College
A Guide for Undocumented Students.
- Pre-Health Dreamers
Undocumented Students’ Journeys to Medical School.
- Comparison Chart
The CA Dream Act, Federal Dream Act, AB 540, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The Dream Keepers group composed of faculty and staff:
- Justino Hernandez - Admissions
- Shelley Grayson - Financial Aid
- Karina Duarte-Braunstein - Counseling
- Sinar Lomeli - Counseling
- Yesenia Balcazar - EOPS
- Jose Mota - EOPS