AB540 and Residency Information

What is AB 540?

AB 540 is a status that can save money for qualified undocumented students and their families.  To qualify as an AB540 student, undocumented students must:

  1. Have attended a California high school for 3 or more full academic years (between grades 9 through 12. They do not need to be consecutive years).
  2. Have or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D.; or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).
  3. Register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California.
  4. File or plan to file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible.
  5. Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.).

Download the AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption form and affidavit

This form and affidavit must be completed and signed by all students who wish to be considered under AB 540 status.

Find out more about AB 540 at the New Partnership Organization/AB 540 web site.

Fee Waiver Eligibility For AB 540

As of January 1, 2013, AB 540 students are eligible to receive the Board of Governors (BOG) waiver, which permits enrollment fees to be waived (removed). Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies is not included in the BOG waiver, and AB 540 students are not eligible for Financial Aid.  Go to the ELI in room 1218 to learn more about the BOG waiver.  Click here to fill out the BOG waiver form for AB 540 students.

AB 540 Ineligibility

A student who is ineligible for AB 540 status is one who does not meet the AB540 criteria above. In most situations, not having met the three years attendance at a California high school is what prevents a student from qualifying for AB540. Students can still attend as long as they meet the admissions criteria and are accepted by the college or university, but must pay nonresident fees.  See ESL Counselor for more details.

Undocumented Students

Skyline is an open access institution and does not turn anyone away from college.  However, even though Skyline College is an open access institution, undocumented students have a unique challenge; they face limitations within the U.S. educational system due to high costs.  Nonresident fees are substantially higher than resident fees.  Learn about nonresident fees.


Skyline College is committed to finding options for undocumented students; please talk to a counselor today.  Undocumented students and potential students should learn about their documentation options at the following resources:

Educators for Fair Consideration

Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

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