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AB 540 Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Qualifications

This exemption is available to undocumented immigrants, permanent residents of the U.S., and U.S. citizens who must have:

  • Attended a high school in California for 3 or more years; and 
  • Graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent thereof (e.g. passed the GED in California or the California High School Proficiency exam or received a Certificate of Completion); and 
  • Enrolled, or is registering to be enrolled, at a California Community College, a California State University or at the University of California after January 1, 2002.

Non-immigrant students are not eligible for this exemption. Non-immigrant students, as defined by federal immigration law, may hold one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD and V, and TROV and NATO.

All students applying for this exemption must sign an affidavit. If a student is without lawful immigration status, the student must state that he/she has filed an application to legalize his/her immigration status or will file an application as soon as he/she is eligible to do so.

For more information, visit AB 540 Frequently Asked Questions

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