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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 by March 2, 2014.
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 Plan your class schedule and register.
Step 8 Apply for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). (recommended)
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.
- 2013- 2014 AB540 BOGW Application (click here) Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014
- 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.
The Foundation Scholarship application packet is now open to all Oxnard College students. Scholarships allow you to obtain free funding that you won’t need to repay and supplement your financial aid package. To be considered for a scholarship, your entry must be received no later than Feb. 20, 2014, by 3:00 p.m. The application is available online at www.oxnardcollege.edu/scholarships.
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.