California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) This bill allows students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition at California colleges and universities.

The requirements to qualify for AB 540 are:

  1. Must have attended a California high school for 3 or more academic years, between grades 9 and 12 (does not have to be consecutive).
  2. Must have received a GED or an equivalent such as completing the California High School Proficiency Exam.
  3. Must register or be currently enrolled in an accredited public institution of higher education in California.
  4. Must file or plan to file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as he/she becomes eligible.
  5. Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.).


For more information about AB 540, please feel free to contact us or to visit the here.

The Chicana/o Studies department at CSUF is a AB-540 Safe Zone.



Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012. 

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time.
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.


For more information about DACA and how to apply, please visit here.