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Dreamer, AB540 and Undocumented Student Resources

If you are a student who identifies as undocumented or AB 540 and are pursuing a college education, this page can help you understand how to access and request financial aid at El Camino College, locate scholarships, university grants and outside resources. Dream on!



What is AB 540?

AB 540 is a law that provides in-state tuition benefits for undocumented and out-of-state students who attend or will attend a public university in California. To qualify for AB 540 status, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  1. Student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years
  2. Student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (GED or CA HS Proficiency exam)
  3. Student must be enrolled in an accredited California Institution of Higher Education
  4. Student must file an AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form  that includes an affidavit stating they have filed (or will file) an application to legalize as soon as they are able to do so. Completed forms must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Services Center
  5. Submit a copy of your high school diploma and sealed high school transcripts to the El Camino College Admissions office for verification.














If students meet the AB 540 criteria, please visit the Admissions and Records office to submit completed forms. AB 540 students may qualify for financial aid such as a BOG Fee Waiver. The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.. Please note: student information obtained in this process is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. For FAQ's related to the California Dream Act please click here. Please note that the California Dream Act Application opens every year beginning October 1st and should be filed by March 2nd. You should renew your application every year to avoid delays with your financial aid.  


Resident (in-state) Tuition (applies to AB 540 eligible students) $46 per unit
Non-Resident (out-of-state) Tuition $288 per unit       



Apply for the CA Dream Act

 CA Dream Act FAQ's

 DACA Renewal Scholarship  Additional Resources


Daring to DREAM Event 

More information about AB 540 status at El Camino College can be found here.The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has also developed a web page containing resources and information related to DACA/undocumented students: To receive email notifications about events please follow this link. AB540,


 AB 540, Undocumented Student, and DREAMer Advocates/Allies:


Cynthia Mosqueda
FYE Faculty Coordinator 
Rene Lozano
Transfer Center Coordinator 
Maribel Hernandez
Puente Counselor/Coordinator 
Jaime Gallegos
FYE Advisor
Nicholas Bravo
FYE Advisor
Lizet Salazar
EOP&S Advisor
César Jiménez
Associate Dean, Counseling 
and Student Success
Rocio Diaz
The Opportunity Project
Ruby Padilla
The Opportunity Project
Last Published 10/9/17