Assembly Bill 540 (AB-540)

Assembly Bill 540 (AB-540) or California Education Code § 68130.5 is a California State Law that allows qualifying undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges (UC System, Cal State System and Community Colleges). On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 540 into law. AB540, authored by Assembly Member Marco A. Firebaugh (D-South Gate), authorized undocumented students who meet specified criteria to pay in-state tuition at California public colleges and universities. Prior to AB540, undocumented students attending the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges were charged out-of-state tuition.

1 You have attended a California High School for 3 or more years.
2 You have or will graduate from a California High School or have attained a G.E.D.
3 You have registered at or are currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California.
4 You have filed or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that you will apply for legal residency as soon as possible.