AB540 requires that state colleges and universities keep student information confidential. A student's immigration status cannot and will not be reported to immigration officials or any other third party.
Paying for College
AB 131 was signed into law on Oct 8, 2011. Students who qualify for AB540 and meet GPA and income requirements determined by the California Student Aid Commission can apply for financial aid (Effective Jan. 1, 2013). The California Student Aid Commission is currently working on developing the application process for AB540 students (more information to come). Click here for more detailed bill information
The California Student Aid Commission update on AB131:
Financial Aid Update
AB 130 was signed into law on July 25, 2011. Students who qualify for AB540 are eligible to apply for privately funded scholarships available at public California colleges and universities. Click here for more detailed bill information.
There are also several private scholarships available that do not require residency. The following links are recommended for various scholarship opportunities, along with deadlines and application instructions. The link below also includes a list of available scholarships at Sacramento State. It is recommended that students begin searching and applying for scholarships as early as possible. Download List of Scholarships here.
- It is recommended that students begin looking for scholarships as early as possible. What does"early" mean? Do not wait until the summer before entering college to apply! Begin your search now. Also, look for scholarship announcements within your high school and local community.
- It's important to follow the application directions for each individual scholarship provider in terms of eligibility requirements, specific deadlines, and application process information.
- Be very sure to CHECK ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. You do not want to spend hours putting a scholarship application packet together, only to find out the scholarship is no longer offered or that your residency status makes you ineligible.
On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 (Stats. 2001, ch. 814) that added a new section 68130.5 to the California education Code. Section 38130.5 created a new exemption from payment of nonresident tuition for certain nonresident students who have attended high school in California for three or more years and received a high school diploma or its equivalent. Thus, any student, except a person in nonimmigrant status, who meets the requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California.
On July 25, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill 130 that amended Section 68130.7 of and added Section 66021.7 to, the Education Code, relating to student financial Aid. Under this section, students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under the provision described in current state statute are eligible to receive scholarships derived from non-state funds received, for the purpose of scholarships, by the segment at which he or she is a student (Effective January 1, 2012).
On October 8, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill 131 that amended Section 68130.7 of and added Sections 66021.6, 69508.5, and 76300.5 to, the Education Code, relating to student financial aid. Under this section, students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under current state statue are eligible to apply for, and participate in, any financial aid program administered by the California State University and the State of California to the full extent permitted by federal law (Effective January 1, 2013).