AB540 Students

AB540 – Access to College for all!

“Supporting immigrant students in higher education, regardless of citizenship or residency status”

AB540 allows qualified undocumented students to be exempt from paying significantly higher out-of- state tuition at public colleges and universities of California. By making college more affordable, AB540 has had a significant impact on the lives of many undocumented students who had dreams of attending college.

Students are eligible for the AB540 exemption if they meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Attend a California high school for 3 or more years
  • Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent, such as a GED
  • Submit an affidavit (a write compromise) to the California public college or university where they are attending or plan to attend. In this statement students declare that they meet all AB540 requirements and if they are undocumented, they have to fill an application to adjust their immigration status or will do so as soon as they are eligible to do so.

To find more information about scholarship go to any of the following websites.

MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation to achieve
Social-economic change.

  • Leadership Programs
  • Scholarships
  • Career Opportunity/Interships

Note: A sample affidavit can be found here.


  • Scholarships
  • College resources
  • Graduates schools
  • Loans/ grants.


  • Internships
  • Part time jobs
  • colleges

Note: Students have the option of writing their required essays in 3 different languages: English, Spanish, and French.

Mission is to increase the number of low-income immigrant students graduating from college in the United States.

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