AB 540 Resources & Links

Important Forms

California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request/ AB 540 Affidavit Students should submit this form to Admissions & Records to establish AB 540 Status.

Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver for AB 540 Students  Submit this form to Financial Aid in 9-109. Cañada Financial Aid will be ready to take your form in November.

California Dream Application AB 540 students should submit this application to receive state-funded financial aid such as BOG fee waiver, Cal Grant, institutional grants, and more.

California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)  

Foundation Scholarships These scholarships are available to students enrolled in the SMCCD Community College District


Other Resources

AB540.com  A comprehensive website with information for student, faculty, and staff. Very useful user-friendly site for anyone not familiar with AB540. Learn about preparing for college, college admissions, paying for college, and other useful information regarding current and potential AB540 students.

ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) ASPIRE fosters a safe environment and support network for Asian Pacific American undocumented students so that they may achieve their dreams of pursuing higher education. Through youth empowerment, advocacy, and community building, ASPIRE works towards creating an inclusive and socially just American society.

Dream Resource Center The Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center promotes equal access to education by developing educational resources, leadership tools, and support mechanisms for immigrant students, along  with educating the public about local and national policies.

I Can Afford College A website by the California Community Colleges. This link will take you to the Dream Page

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)  E4FC’s mission is to support undocumented students in realizing their academic and career goals and actively contributing to society. E4FC offers holistic programming that addresses the financial, legal, career, and emotional health needs of undocumented students.

The E4FC Website includes:

  • Legal Services This free and anonymous service is intended for immigrant students who do not yet have legal residency or citizenship in the United States. Students should be under 35 years old and enrolled (or intending to enroll) in college.
  • Scholarship Lists Scholarships that are open to all students. Includes scholarship guides from E4FC, MALDEF, and more
  • Guides & Resources E4FC guides and resources include Deportation Guide; Life after College Guide; and Deferred Action information


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Official Website for DACA

Deferred Action Up-to-date information on President Obama’s Deferred Action program that may offer a temporary opportunity to stay in the US and apply for a work card

We Own the Dream DACA Application Processing Events

Free legal help for DACA applications

Getting legal help (E4FC)