Undocumented Student Resources

What is AB540? 

AB540 is an assembly bill that was signed into law in 2001. The law allows any student, including undocumented students, to pay in-state tuition at any California public institution if they meet certain criteria.

In order to be considered for EOP, prospective students must apply to EOP when they apply to San José State University. State residency is a requirement to receive the EOP Grant. Other financial assistance may be available on a limited basis to undocumented students.

AB540 Eligibility:
  • Attend a California high school for three or more years
  • Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent general education  diploma (G.E.D.) and be enrolled in a CCC, CSU or UC
  • Currently enrolled in a California CC, CSU or a UC
  • Students may not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (i.e. F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.)

You can find more information about AB540 here.


What is the Dream Act (AB130 & AB131)?

The California Dream Act extends eligibility for certain types of California financial aid to students, including undocumented students, who qualify for a non resident tuition exemption under AB540.  As an undocumented student, you may be eligible for state aid as well as private scholarships.  Undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid (including federal loans, grants and work-study).

You can find more information on the Dream Act here and the Dream Act application here.


What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the US as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.  They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time.  Deferred action does not provide lawful status.  Note:  On November 20, 2014, the President made an announcement extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.

You can find the DACA application here.



SJSU Resources
California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request (AB540 Affidavit Form)
Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE)


Big Future
California Dream Network
Department of Education - Supporting Undocumented Youth
(CA specific info p.29) [PDF]
Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
United We Dream


Dr. Ernesto Galarza Scholarship
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Latino College Dollars
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
Opportunity Fund