Do you know a student who is undocumented and wants to go to college? Have you heard of the term AB540? Am I AB540?  California Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) passed in 2001 permits qualified immigrant students to pay in-state tuition.

What is AB540:
• Attended a CA high school for 3 or more years;
• Graduated from a CA high school or attained the equivalent
• File an affidavit with your college or university stating that you have or intend to file an application to legalize your immigration status, if applicable.
• Are AB540 students eligible for FAFSA?
• No AB540 students can NOT apply to FAFSA

What types of aid are available for AB540?
• California Dream Act: You can apply online here http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp
• Private Loans
• Additional AB540 information available at the MALDEF website (information available in English and Spanish):  http://www.maldef.org/education/public_policy/ab540/index.html

Become your own advocate:
• AB540 students need to become advocates of their own education in order to gain access to networks, resources, services and opportunities. How can AB540 students become involved?
• Join your campus AB540 support group
• Learn about political issues that affect your status and get involved
• Write your Legislators, Congressmen/woman asking them to support the Federal DREAM ACT
• Attend AB540 Conferences/Summits in order to build your AB540 Network
• Volunteer in the community
• Organize Fundraisers for AB540 Scholarships
• Research AB540 Friendly Scholarships and share with other AB540 Students.
• Coordinate Informational Parent/Student/Community Workshops in order to make others aware of AB540.

Filed Under: Parents & Families, High School, Financial Aid, College

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