Understanding AB 540
AB 540 is a state law that allows undocumented students to pay the same tuition that other California residents pay at public colleges, provided they meet certain qualifications. This FAQ explains how it works.
Steps to Get AB 540 Status at De Anza
If you meet the qualifications listed above, you can follow these steps to get AB 540 status.
Apply for Admission
Follow the steps on the Apply and Register webpage
Submit the AB 540 Form
Visit the Student Forms webpage of the Admissions and Records Office, and click to open the link for the AB 540 (Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request) form.
- This is an online form, so there's no need to print it or scan it. You can fill it out and submit it on a computer or phone.
Still have questions?
How to Get Financial Aid as an Undocumented Student
- Undocumented students who qualify for AB 540 status are eligible to apply for state financial aid as well as for private scholarships to attend California colleges or universities. This is guaranteed under a state law known as the California Dream Act.
- However, undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid.
- To learn more, visit our California Dream Act webpage.
For More Information
- Download this one-page AB540 Guide for Undocumented Students.
- Check out our Undocumented Student Resources webpage.
- Visit the HEFAS (Higher Education for AB 540 Students) office at De Anza, where you will find peer advisers, free resources and a supportive community for undocumented and AB 540 students.