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Due to changes in federal and state law, students who are not citizens have many more options to achieve the dream of a college education. Please use the links on the left to get information about admissions to a college or university, and how to finance a college education.

California Resident College Tuition

California's AB 540 allows students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition in California's higher institutions such as the University of California, California State Universities, technical schools and community colleges.

The requirements to be considered an AB-540 student are:

  1. Must have attended high school for three academic years, from grades 9-12 (does not have to be consecutive)
  2. Must have received a high school diploma, a GED or an equivalent such as completing a high school proficiency exam
  3. Must register or be currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education and fill out the AB 540 form at the school.
  4. Must file an affidavit with the school saying that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible.

The California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131. AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

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. Visit the California Dream Act website┬╗

Consideration of Deferred Action

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. Consideration of Deferred Action Website┬╗