AB-540 status exempts students from paying out-of-state tuition fees.
AB-540 students may be:
AB-540 students are not:
SB 68 is a law passed in 2017 in the state of California expanding AB 540 eligibility.
The California Dream Act allows eligible undocumented student to receive California State sponsored financial aid. Undocumented students are not elgible for FAFSA but are elgible for the CA Dream Act.
*** California Dream Act does not require DACA
Two types of CA Dream Acts:
CA Dream Act (AB 130) allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
CA Dream Act (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.
The DREAMer Resource Office team has researched and compiled a list of the most recent scholarships opened to undocumented students pursuing higher education. Please visit the office for more information or visit the link below to be directed to our scholarship guide.
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization and a valid Social Security Number.
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that the DACA program would be rescinded and no new applications would be approved.
On January 9, 2018, a federal judge issued an injunction that temporarily stopped the Department of Homeland Security from proceeding with the termination of the DACA program.
Currently, people who have never had DACA are not eligible to submit a DACA application. Only those who had DACA at some point may submit a renewal application.
You may request a renewal if you met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines and you:
CSUSM DREAMer Resource Office provides free legal services that help students and loved ones renew their DACA application, please visit the resource office to make an appointment. For more information about the renewal process and when to renew, visit the Renew Your DACA site.