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AB 540 and Undocumented Student Resources

DACA Updates:
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. Full article:

https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

If you are a student who identifies as undocumented or AB 540 and are pursuing a college education, this page can help you understand how to access and request financial aid at El Camino College, locate scholarships, university grants and outside resources. Dream on!

Scenes of Dreamers LuncheonPictured: Dreamers Luncheon Featuring Keynote speaker Diego Sepulveda, director of the Dream Resource Center at UCLA


What is AB 540?

AB 540 is a law that provides in-state tuition benefits for undocumented and out-of-state students who attend or will attend a public university in California. 

Under California law AB 540, certain nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident supplemental tuition.

If you're granted an AB 540 exemption, you will be charged in-state tuition and fees, and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents.

Who is eligible?

Students (including undocumented students) who, for various reasons, are classified as nonresidents may be eligible.

To qualify for AB 540 status, students must also meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  1. Student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years
  2. Student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (GED or CA HS Proficiency exam)
  3. Student must be enrolled in an accredited California Institution of Higher Education
  4. Student must file an AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form  that includes an affidavit stating they have filed (or will file) an application to legalize as soon as they are able to do so. Completed forms must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Services Center
  5. Submit a copy of your high school diploma and sealed high school transcripts to the El Camino College Admissions office for verification.

 * SB 68 expands AB 540 to enable students to count years spent at a California Community College and Adult School towards AB 540 eligibility. Additionally, the bill will allow the completion of an Associate’s Degree or satisfaction of the minimum requirements to transfer to the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) to meet the degree or unit requirements. These new eligibility criteria expand possibilities for students educated in CA to qualify for in-state tuition and statebased financial aid at CCCs, CSUs, and UCs.

If you previously were not eligible for AB 540 status, you may be eligible with the expansion to AB 540 with SB 68. Please check with the ECC Admissions Office for details.

If students meet the AB 540 criteria, please visit the Admissions and Records office to submit completed forms. AB 540 students may qualify for financial aid such as a BOG Fee Waiver. The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.. Please note: student information obtained in this process is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. For FAQ's related to the California Dream Act please click here. Please note that the California Dream Act Application opens every year beginning October 1st and should be filed by March 2nd. You should renew your application every year to avoid delays with your financial aid. 

Resident (in-state) Tuition:
(applies to AB 540 eligible students) 

$46 per unit

Non-Resident (out-of-state) Tuition
$316 per unit       

 

 DREAM ACT APPLICATION AND OTHER RESOURCES

 

 Apply for the CA Dream Act

CA Dream Act FAQ's

Additional Resources

More information about AB 540 status at El Camino College can be found here.The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has also developed a web page containing resources and information related to DACA/undocumented students: http://www.cccco.edu/resourcesforundocumentedstudents.aspx. 

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AB 540, Undocumented Student, and DREAMer Advocates/Allies:

Allies are here to help support you on your educational journey.

Cynthia Mosqueda 
cmosqueda@elcamino.edu
FYE Faculty Coordinator

Rene Lozano 
rlozano@elcamino.edu
Transfer Center Coordinator

Lizet Salazar 
lsalazar@elcamino.edu
EOPS/Financial Aid Advisor

Jaime Gallegos 
jgallegos@elcamino.edu
FYE Advisor/ Counselor

Nicholas Bravo  
nbravo@elcamino.edu 
FYE Advisor

Maribel Hernandez 
mhernadez@elcamino.edu
Puente Counselor/Coordinator

César Jiménez
cjimenez@elcamino.edu
Associate Dean, Counseling and Student Success

Rocio Diaz 
rodiaz@elcamino.edu
The Opportunity Project (TOP) Counselor

Ruby Padilla 
rpadilla@elcamino.edu
The Opportunity Project (TOP) Counselor