AB 540 exempts students from paying nonresident tuition at the California State University
and California Community Colleges when a student is other than a nonimmigrant alien
- Attended high school in California for three or more years.
- Graduated from a California high school or attained equivalent such as High School
Equivalency Certificate issued by the CA State GED office or Certificate of Proficiency,
resulting from the California High School Proficiency Examination.
- Registration as an entering student or current enrollment at an accredited institution
of higher education in CA.
- In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit
with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application
to legalize his or her immigration status or will file an application as soon as he
or she is eligible to do so.
Completing an AB540 Affidavit
Staff at our Admissions & Records office, located in Building 10 (Administration and
Student Services), can provide you with the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption
Request (affidavit). If you come in person to the Admissions Office please bring your
unofficial high school transcripts with you. You may request your unofficial transcripts
in your high school’s counseling office.
If you are applying early and have not yet graduated you MUST submit a letter, on
official letterhead, from your high school counselor or your principal, verifying
that you are set to graduate, along with the completed AB540 form. Once your graduation
status is posted, a new transcript or diploma must be submitted to Admissions & Records.