Undocumented Students (AB 540) - Counseling Department

Important Announcement

In October 2012, the Ohlone College Board of Trustees passed and adopted the Ohlone College California Dream Act Resolution (PDF). Check it out!

Ohlone College - AB 540 Safe ZoneWelcome to Ohlone College! The following pages and resources have been put together for undocumented students interested in attending Ohlone College.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, email us at dreamers@ohlone.edu!

Qualifying for AB 540

Eligible undocumented high school graduates may attend Ohlone College and pay in-state tuition fees. Review the eligibility requirements below and use the Ohlone Application Instructions for AB 540 Students (PDF) when completing the Ohlone College Admissions Application.

California Nonresident Tuition Exemption For Eligible California High School Graduates (AB 540)

AB 540 is a California law that allows all students who qualify, including undocumented students to pay in-state tuition fees at all public colleges and universities in California. AB 540 is not a path to adjust the immigration status. For immigration status resources, visit the Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC).

To Qualify as an AB 540 Student

  • The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years.
  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the semester (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam).
  • Undocumented students must file the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption form [also called AB 540 Affidavit (PDF)] with the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
    • Students who are non-immigrants (for example, those who hold F [student] visas, B [visitor] visas, etc.) are not eligible for this exemption.
    • The student must file an exemption request including a signed affidavit with the college that indicates the student has met all applicable conditions described above. Student information obtained in this process is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required under law.
    • Students eligible for this exemption who are transferring to another California public college or university must submit a new request (and documentation if required) to each college under consideration.
    • Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempted from the payment of nonresident tuition, but will not be classified as California residents. They continue to be "nonresidents."

Beginning January 1, 2013, AB 540 students will be eligible for state financial aid. This includes Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), and Cal Grant. AB 540 students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Visit Paying for College to learn more about state and institutional financial aid.

Visit Applying to Ohlone College for instructions to complete the Ohlone College Admission Application and AB 540 Affidavit.

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