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Oxnard College Students

What is an AB 540 student?

On October 12, 2001, Governor Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 (Stats. 2001, Ch. 814) that added a new section 68130.5 to the California Education Code. Section 68130.5 created a new exemption from the payment of nonresident tuition for certain nonresident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Download the Guide for Oxnard College AB 540/Dream Act Students

AB 540 Eligibility Requirements

AB 540 authorizes any student, including undocumented students who meet spe­cific criteria to pay in-state tuition at Califor­nia public colleges and universities (e.g. Cal­ifornia Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California).

To qualify, a student must meet the follow­ing requirements:

  • Attend a California high school for at least three years.
  • Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Profi­ciency Exam (CHSPE), or obtain a Cer­tificate of General Education (GED) in California.
  • Enroll in an accredited and qualifying Cal­ifornia college or university.
  • File an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that you will apply for legal residency as soon as possible.

Steps at Oxnard College

Step 1 Apply for admissions to Oxnard College at www.oxnardcollege.edu/apply.

Step 2
Complete and submit the AB 540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form) with Oxnard College Admis­sions and Records.

Step 3
Complete the Dream Act Application.

Step 4
Ask your high school counselor about your school-verified GPA (Non-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form). You may need to give them permission to submit your GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Step 5
Contact the Oxnard College Financial Aid Office regarding your BOGFW status.

Step 6
Take the Math and English assessment and attend orientation.

Step 7 P
lan your class schedule and register.

Step 8
Apply for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). (recommended)

Apply for Dream Act
The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law Cedillo_DreamActthrough the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

California Financial Assistance Available to AB 540 Students
  • Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW): The BOGFW permits enrollment fees to be waived at a community college. The applica­tion may be found at your financial aid office or at www.cccapply.org. You may also use the Dream Act Application for BOGFW Method C.
    • 2014-2015 AB540 BOGW Application for Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015
  • Cal Grants:
    • Cal Grant A assists with tuition and fees at a public and independent colleges. If you attend a California Community College first, your award will be reserved for up to three years until you transfer to a four-year college.
    • Cal Grant B provides a living allowance and tu­ition assistance for low-income students. The award provides up to $1,473 for books and liv­ing expenses.
    • Cal Grant C assists with tuition and training costs for occupational, technical, and vocation­al programs. The award includes up to $547 for books, tools, and equipment.
  • California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth: If you are or were in foster care and have finan­cial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college or technical training. Chafee Grant information (click here)
  • Extended Opportunity Programs and Ser­vices (EOPS): Provides services to low income and educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Scholarships: AB 540 students can apply for private scholarship aid administered by public and private colleges and universities. Check with your campus for program details and ap­plication information.

Oxnard College California Dream Act Application Workshops

California Dream Act Application Workshops are offered every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Oxnard College Student Services Building. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (805) 986-5828 for additional information.