Porterville College provides a safe and welcoming environment for undocumented, AB540, and/or DACA students and supporters. Our goal is to provide guidance by raising awareness of the laws as well as the rights and opportunities available for undocumented students in the United States, specifically California. Through the DREAMer’s Success Center, we hope to inform undocumented students of the information needed to apply for college in addition to the resources available to help fund their education.
Please Note: "Regardless of what happens at the federal level, state financial aid for Dreamers remains legal in California. A Dreamer student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for a public education or state financial aid. Losing DACA status will not affect most state financial aid. The information provided via the California Dream Act Application is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with the federal government or used for immigration enforcement purposes. The CSAC will protect this information to the fullest extent of the law."
Lupita Cortez Alcala, CSAC Director
AB 540, signed into law on October 12, 2001, authorizes any student, including undocumented students who meet specific criteria to pay in-state tuition at California’s public colleges and universities (e.g. California Community College, California State University, and University of California). Non-resident students are required to pay “out-of-state” or “non-resident” tuition fees to attend California’s public colleges and universities. These fees are much higher than “in-state” or “resident” tuition fees. Any student, except a person in nonimmigrant status, who meets the requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at all public colleges and universities in California if they meet the following requirements:
AB 540 Affidavit - “California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request”
You must obtain, complete, and submit the AB 540 Affidavit to the Admissions Office when you register/enroll. You may be required to submit additional documentation such as high school transcripts and appropriate records of high school graduation or the equivalent.
Application deadline for all Dreamer Cal Grants and most of the other aid listed above is March 2.
Dreamer Cal Grants include:
You must meet the application deadline and all applicable eligibility requirements to qualify for any financial aid listed above.