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SB 1141 (Limón), became effective on January 1, 2023. This law, cosponsored by the California Community College Chancellor's Office & Immigrants Rising, expands eligibility for in-state tuition by removing the two-year cap on credit courses taken at the CA Community Colleges. Students are now able to use three years of full-time credits (or the part-time equivalent) from a CCC to meet the attendance requirements for AB 540. This is equivalent to 72 semester units or 108 quarter units.
Here some important AB 540 resources to undocumented student support personnel:
SB 1141 Fact Sheet: Provides an overview of the expansion of in-state tuition through SB 1141
AB 540 Quick Guide: Includes attendance and degree requirements for in-state tuition expanded through SB68 and SB 1141
AB 540 Attendance Worksheet: Allows students to track their requirements and monitor their progress with attendance and degree requirements
Campus Announcement Regarding DACA Court Decision
Dear Cuesta Community,
We are deeply troubled by the recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision, which holds that the DACA program violates federal law. However, this decision does not change our mission to welcome and serve all students. This is what we have always done, and we will not waiver. We will continue to do all we can to ensure our undocumented students feel safe and supported at Cuesta College.
The court’s decision allows current DACA recipients to avoid immediate disruption to their lives and to seek extensions of their DACA status. This is a far from a permanent solution and we encourage you to apply for DACA renewal as quickly as possible.
The Cuesta College Monarch Centers are available to assist you and provide a safe, supportive space for questions and conversation. The Monarch Center is located in the Student Success Center, Building 3300, room 3315A on the SLO Campus and Student Services Building N1100, room N1123 at the North County Campus.
Students and employees can make a free appointment with a legal services provider to renew their DACA application:
California Community Colleges Higher Education Legal Services: FindYourAlly.com
University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center: ucimm.law.ucdavis.edu
California State University Legal Support Services
Please know that the Cuesta Campus Community is here to support you.
Dr. Jill Stearns, Superintendent/President
Dr. Jason Curtis, Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Elizabeth Coria, Vice President Student Success and Support Programs
Melissa Richerson, Vice President of Human Resources
Dan Troy, Vice President of Administrative Services