The recent rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has left over 690,000 active DACAmented young people pondering their future. However, in California, there are laws and policies that support undocumented immigrants who desire to pursue an education. These initiatives are NOT tied to DACA; hence, students wishing to pursue higher education in California may do so knowing that if they meet the criteria for Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), they will continue to be considered for in-state tuition and for state and institutional financial aid. The following outlines AB 540, AB 130, AB 131, and SB 1159.
AB 540 is a California state law passed in 2001 that allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
The California Dream Act is a California state law passed in 2011 that consists of two Assembly bills, AB 130 & AB 131. Together these bills allow undocumented students to apply for / receive state aid programs, such as Cal Grant & Chafee, and public university grants and community college fee waivers (AB131), as well as private scholarships that do not require citizenship (AB130).