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For Undocumented Immigrant Students and people working with them. Find Links, Information, and Contacts regarding AB540. Contact: Professor Curry Phone: 408.924.5310 Email: Please check back regularly as I am revising this website. Last Updated: 11/9/2014.

California Dream Act Information

The California Dream Act of 2011 came about as a result of two bills. Assembly Bill 130 (AB130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB131). AB130 allows undocumented and documented students who meet AB540 Provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships. AB131 Allows AB540 Students to apply for and receive state administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers.

College Board Information for Undocumented Students

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Immigrant Legal Resouce Center (ILRC)

Mission of the ILRC The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. History The Immigrant Legal Resource Center was founded in 1979 by Bill Hing, a well-known immigrant rights attorney who recognized the developing need for expert technical assistance in immigration law and policy. In the mid-1970's, at a time when legal service agencies weren’t focusing on immigration law, Bill responded by organizing the Golden Gate Immigration Clinic, an agency originally staffed by law students. This early experience revealed that Bay Area community-based organizations serving immigrants and refugees lacked adequate training and staffing to grapple with the increasingly complex legal and social challenges faced by their clients. As a result, the agency became the ILRC in 1979 and Bill served as the organization's first Executive Director on a volunteer basis from 1979 to 2000. Currently, Eric Cohen, who joined the ILRC in 1988, is the Executive Director.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, annonced that certain people who came to the U.S. as children and met several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. With DACA people are eligible for work authorization. DACA may protect some people from deportation for a period of time. Deferred Action does not provide lawful status - but it affords some people limited protection and access to employment and other benefits. Find various resources on DACA here including informational sheets in various languages besides English. Additional resources for DACA are also found in the ILRC, E4FC, and other folders. Please explore.

Educators for Fair Consideration: E4FC Online Resources

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)-the best resources for AB540 students in the Bay Area. Read About to familiarize yourself with resources. Visit E4FC website regularly for updated information and opportunities at

Financial Aid Guides and Booklets-Historical

This page includes documents produced by various institutions and Universities intended to help AB540 students and their allies learn about AB540 after the law was passed in California in 2002. Some of these guides are dated but continue to be extremely helpful for information on AB540, undocumented students, and access to higher education.

SJSU Campus Information for AB540 Students

Information for AB540 Students is found in a few places on campus. The Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment under the leadership of Karina and Patricia Gutierrez developed the first information guide. Since 2012 following the passage of the California Dream Act (AB130 and 131) EOP has developed resources for AB540 administering the EOP grants for AB540. Veronica Hand developed a resource guide for EOP. MOSAIC had an AB540 help desk for a short time organized by Karla Reyes and other students transfer students from Evergreen Community College who had been active at EVC-they borrowed from the CSU Long Beach AB540 guide to develop a brief resource guide.

Student Forms Required to be Officially AB540 Classified

To be classified officially as an AB540 student for tuition purposes and CA Dream Act financial aide you must complete the AB540 California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Form (known as the "Affidavit")

CSU Campuses with AB540 Guides and/or Centers

CSU Long Beach was the first campus to organize a guide and center for AB540 students. Some campuses have had services for many years without official centers. Some services for undocumented students begin with student groups. At SJSU the group was founded by Saul Verduzco in 2003 and is called Student Advocates for Hgher Education (SAHE). Find guidebooks or Brochures and Info Guides prepared by other CSU campuses in this folder. For Information on SAHE see its own folder.

SJSU Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE)

The Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) was founded as a group of the SJSU Associated Students and Student Life in 2003 by Saul Verduzco. The aim of SAHE was to provide support for AB540 students, to identify allies and advocates and to train students to go to the community to tell others about college availability for undocumented students. Since 2007 SAHE has developed and given its own scholarship to students in Northern California. They have given over 17 scholarships ranging from $300 to $1,500. Go to their website for more information. Student Advocates for Higher Education Student Involvement #136 Suite 140 Clark Hall One Washington Square San Jose Ca 95192-0038 SAHE accepts donations for their scholarship through SJSU Tower Foundation, donations are tax-deductible.

Scholarships Available to SJSU AB540 Students

SJSU has a limited number of scholrships for which AB540 students may apply. The Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA) has given scholarships to AB540 continuing and transfer students from SJCC and EVC since 2005. The first AB540 Scholarship was given as the Northern California Foco of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies through CLFSA. AB540 Students are eligible to apply for Associated Student Scholarships, SJSU Alumni Scholarships and effective this year SJSU will offer Scholarships to Mexican AB540 students with a generous grant from the Mexican Government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the San Jose Mexican Consulate. See details in document below.