Outreach & Advocacy Services for Immigrant Student Success (OASISS)
OASISS is a center designed to serve immigrant students in a
safe space and with personnel that is sensitive, knowledgeable and
experienced working with
DREAMers (AB540 & DACA).
MissionOur mission is to provide DREAMer and immigrant students with the necessary tools and information to succeed in pursuing a higher education and professional career.
The AB540 law gives the student the opportunity to pay in-state tuition fees, however, he/she is not eligible for any traditional Federal and/or California State financial aid programs. EVC is committed to making the dream of higher education possible for AB540 students by offering the following services. These services are available to all OASISS Students:
What is AB540?
Assembly Bill 540 is a California law that allows qualified students to pay in-state tuition at the State's institutions of higher education. AB540 does not grant State or Federal financial eligibility, and only provides an exemption to the requirements of paying non-resident tuition.
How Do I Know If I Qualify For AB540?
To qualify as an AB540 student, undocumented students must meet the following:
Have attended a California High School for 3 or more full academic years between grades 9 through 12 (they do not need to be consecutive years);
Be (or will be) a graduate from a California High School or have attained a GED or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
Register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California;
File or plan to file an Affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;
Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc).
What Steps Do I Take To Determine If I Qualify For AB540?
Complete the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form. EVC will determine your eligibility based on your application and the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request.
Is AB540 The Same As Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
No. DACA is not legislation. DACA is a modified process in which Homeland Security allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who are eligible to received deferred action will not be removed from the United States during a specific period of time unless deferred action is terminated. If you received deferred action, you may be eligible for employment authorization.
What Is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):DACA is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that provides temporary relief from deportation (deferred action) and work authorization to certain young people brought to the United States as children—often called "DREAMers." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first launched the initiative in 2012, and since that time it has helped over 700,000 eligible young adults move into mainstream life in the United States, thereby improving their social and economic well-being. To qualify under the original initiative, individuals must demonstrate that they:
Were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012;
Arrived in the United States before turning 16;
Continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;
Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time of requesting deferred action from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status expired on or before June 15, 2012;
Are either in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces; and
Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors occurring on different dates and arising out of different acts, omissions, or schemes of misconduct, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Financial Aid Assistance?
As of January 2013, AB540 students are eligible to apply for California State financial aid such as the "Dream Act" (not FAFSA). AB130 & AB131. These laws allow AB540 eligible students to apply for:
What Are My Rights As An AB540 Student?
You cannot be denied admission to a California college or University based on your immigration status.
You are not required to pay out-of state, international, capital outlay, or penalty fees (which may be charged to out-of-state and/or international students) to enroll at a California college or university if you qualify for AB540.
You are not required to show proof of legal residency status or proof of application for legal residency status.
IF YOU NEED HELP: Some college staff may be unaware of AB540 or may interpret the law incorrectly. If you feel that your rights under AB540 have been denied, contact Sylvia Cuevas or Diane Soriano
For more information:
Call: 408-274-7900 x6079
Location: Student Service Center Room SC 214
To make an appointment please contact:
Sylvia Cuevas, Academic Counselor
firstname.lastname@example.orgDiane Soriano, Academic Counselor
Annette Ruiz-EsparzaFinancial Aid Specialist & Foster Youth Liasion/Outreach
Jeff NormentAssessment Specialist408-274-7900 x6636