Learn about California Laws that allow undocumented students to pursue a higher education.
AB 540 - Resident Fees
AB 540 allows qualified undocumented students to pay resident fees at California colleges and universities.
- Students must attend a California high school at least three years and graduate.
- Students must sign an affidavit stating their California residency.
- All information must be handled in a confidential manner.
AB 2000 - Expansion to AB 540
AB 2000 clarifies that a student who secures three years of high school credit or has a total of three or more years of attendance in a California elementary school, middle school, or high school, or a combination of those schools, is eligible for AB 540 and thus is allowed to pay in-state tuition at California community colleges and universities and is eligible for benefits under the California DREAM Act
AB 130 - Scholarships
AB 130 allows eligible AB 540 Students to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships at California public colleges and universities.
AB 131 - State/Institutional Aid
AB 131 allows eligible AB 540 students to apply for and receive financial aid that is partially derived from state funds at California public colleges and universities beginning in the spring 2013 semester.
SB 1210 - Dream Loans
SB 1210, signed on Sept. 28, 2014, establishes the Dream Loan Program, which allows eligible undocumented students attending a university of California or any California state university, to receive an educational loan of up to $4,000 per semester and not more than an aggregate of $20,000 from any one participating institution.
SB 1159 - Professional licenses
SB 1159 removes barriers for undocumented young people as they seek career and professional licenses. SB 1159 allows an applicant to provide, and a licensing board to accept, an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) in lieu of a social security number in the application for a professional license; it ensures that otherwise eligible individuals are not denied a professional license based solely on their immigration status.
AB 2160 - GPA Submission
AB 2160 removes a barrier to state financial aid and significantly improves access to higher education for all students in California. Specifically, the bill requires all public high schools to electronically submit the grade point averages for 12th graders to the California Student Aid Commission for the purposes of the Cal Grant application, except for students who have opted out, as specified.
AB 60 - Driver's Licenses
AB 60 requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licenses and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.