California Assembly Bill 540 (2001)

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California Assembly Bill 540 (2001)
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California State Legislation
Full name Assembly Bill 540
Status Passed
Introduced May 1, 2001
Assembly voted September 14, 2001
Senate voted September 12, 2001
Signed into law October 12, 2001
Sponsor(s) Marco Antonio Firebaugh, Abel Maldonado
Governor Grey Davis

California's Assembly Bill 540 is a bill signed by Governor Gray Davis on October 12, 2001. This bill allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition in California's higher institutions, such as the University of California, California State Universities and California Community Colleges.[1]


The requirements to be considered an AB 540 student are:

  1. Must have attended a California high school for 3 or more academic years, between grades 9 and 12 (does not have to be consecutive);
  2. Must have received a GED or an equivalent such as completing the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  3. Must register or be currently enrolled in an accredited public institution of higher education in California;
  4. Must file or plan to file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as he/she becomes eligible ;
  5. Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.).[2]


  1. ^ "AB540 Home Page". Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  2. ^ "What is AB540?". 2001-10-12. Retrieved 2011-05-25. [dead link]