Know Your Rights as an Undocumented person/ Conozca Sus Derechos como Persona Indocumentada

Know your rights flyer (click here)
Conozca sus derechos folleto (haga clic aquí)


Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California State Law that allows undocumented student and documented nonresident students who meet certain requirements to pay in state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California Community College. 

Who qualifies for AB540 status?

Any student who meets the following eligibility requirements shall be exempt from paying non-resident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California.

To qualify, a student must meet all the following requirements:

  • Attend a California high school for three or more years
  • Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Register as an entering student or be currently enrolled in a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California
  • Sign an affadavit to qualify for in-state tuition (include Transcripts or copy of GED Diploma)

To download and fill out the California Nonresident Tuition Exception Form click here: AB540 Affadavit

Must Submit to Cuesta's Admission & Record's Office with Official Transcripts 

By mail: Cuesta College Admissions Office, PO Box 8106, San Luis Obispo CA 93403-8106
In-person: Enrollment Services
By email: PDF attachment to Please do not send photo of documents. 

For more information about AB540, visit Admission & Records.

CA Dream Act

The California Dream Act is the name given to Assembly Bills 130 & 131, which allow some undocumented students to apply for and receive state-based financial aid and institutional scholarships. Including but not limited to:

TO PAY FOR CLASSES: Apply for the CA Dream Act here!

By filling out this form you may qualify for up $6,000 in state scholarships and the Cuesta Scholarships! 

To be considered, you must apply by the priority deadline of March 2nd with your 2018 taxes. 

**NOTE:  You may submit the CA Dream Act after March 2nd, but funding may be limited. 

Didn't apply for the CA Dream Act? Fill out the California College Promise Grant (CCPG), which waives your tuition fees. 

Undocumented Students must meet the eligibility criteria for AB 540, AB 2000, SB 68 or U-Visa holders to apply for and receive California state financial aid. 

Check out these links to help you apply for the CA Dream Act!

(courtesy of Immigrants Rising)

Important Notice

  • This application allows AB 540 eligible students to receive state financial aid while attending colleges in California.
  • Losing DACA status will not affect most state financial aid.
  • Dream Act students do not need to be DACA-certified.

For more information about the California Dream Act Application (CADAA), click here.

For information about Cuesta's Financial Aid Resources, click here. 


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation and protects eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. Additionally, it grants a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.

Funding for DACA Renewals

California Community Colleges are working to ensure that DACA students recieve additional resources to cover the DACA renewal fees. 


Current status of DACA:

On June 18, 2020 the Federal court determined that the DACA program needed to be restored to its entirety after being terminated on September 5, 2017. The decision signifies that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should begin accepting both initial and renewal DACA applications. 

Despite the court decision, it remains unknown how USCIS will process new DACA applications or requests for advanced parole. Click here for the ILRC's full case summary of the court decision.

  • DACA Renewals ARE being accepted
  • Potential first time DACA applicants should consult an attorney or accredited representitive to determine eligibility and potential risks
  • If your DACA is set to expire within 151 to 365 days, you should apply to renew ASAP
  • If your DACA is set to expire in more than a year then you can consider renewing as the future of the program is unclear
  • If you had DACA previously but it expired or was terminated, you should consider applying for DACA

For more information on DACA, visit the USCIS website.

Senate Bill 68 (SB 68)

SB 68 expandes in-state tuition elgibility in California beyond the current requirements for AB 540/AB 2000. Due to this new law, more students will now be able to pay in-state tuition at California public colleges and universities (CCCs, CSUs & UCs) and apply for state-based financial aid.

  • SB 68 allows students to use full-time attendance at California Community College, Adult School, Department of Rehabilitation & Correction School, and High School or a combination of these schools to meet the 3 years required to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Please visit these sites for more information...

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising's mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

National Immigration Law Center

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. They organize and serve individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights. They support California Colleges by providing free legal immigration at select colleges. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system.