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Friday, Feb. 24th
10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
California Dream Act Information and Application Open Lab
Get hands-on help applying for financial aid!
Thursday, April 13th
2 p.m. -- 4 p.m.
Transfer Panel and Student Involvement
Meet and hear from successful transfer students!
Tuesday, May 9th
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Learn about current immigration law and immigrant rights from an immigration attorney! Family members and firends are welcome.
Please meet in the EOPS office for each workshop.
AB 540 Information & Resources
"EOPS counselors and staff were and still are wonderful, their mission was not only to help students in their financial needs or educational plans but went beyond to understand me as a person. My experience with the program guided me, taught me, and helped me through my journey as an AB450 student."
Starting in 2013, students who qualify for AB 540 may be eligible for EOPS at Los Angeles Valley College. Provided they meet all EOPS eligibility criteria, students gain access to counselors, tutoring services, textbook service, workshops, priority registration, progress monitoring, and other services.
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ASSEMBLY BILL 540 (AB 540)
Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California law, enacted in 2002, which allows non-resident students to pay in-state tuition fees for all California public colleges and universities, including Los Angeles Valley College, if they meet specified requirements. AB 540 can be the difference maker for a student who wants continue in higher education. For example, at current fees, an AB 540-eligible student would pay $552 for full time status in enrollment fees per semester; without AB 540, the same student would have to pay $3,468 in enrollment fees and required non-resident tuition fees.
How does a student become eligible for AB 540?
To qualify for resident tuition under AB 540, students must have:
It’s important to note that AB 540 does not qualify students for legal residency status or provide a path towards an immigration status change.
How can a student apply for AB 540 at Los Angeles Valley College?
Provided all AB 540 eligibility criteria is met, a student must do the following after having enrolled in classes at Los Angeles Valley College to qualify for in-state tuition under AB 540:
Students are only required to submit these documents once throughout their enrollment at Los Angeles Valley College. However, if a student decides to attend another college, it’s important to keep in mind that a student must apply for AB 540 at each college of enrollment separately. Students should contact the Admissions Office at the college they intend to attend for information, as each institution may have different procedures for filling out and/or timelines for submitting the AB 540 Affidavit or other required documentation.
CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT (AB 130 & AB 131)
Assembly Bills 130 & 131 (AB 130 & AB 131), which combined are commonly referred to as the California Dream Act, were signed into law in 2011 and came into effect in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Together, they allow students who are eligible for AB540 to qualify for privately-funded scholarships (AB 130) and also for state-funded financial aid programs (AB 131). At LA Valley College, as a result of the California Dream Act, students may now be eligible for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver, Cal Grants, Chafee Grant, and Foundation Scholarships, assuming they meet any other eligibility criteria necessary.
It’s important to note that the California Dream Act only affects eligibility for state aid and does not change a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid or federally-funded programs.
How does a student apply for the CA Dream Act?
To fully take advantage of the California Dream Act, students must:
What are some myths and facts about the CA Dream Act?
The following are potential resources for students who qualify for AB 540 and/or who may be undocumented.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Non-Profit and Low Cost Legal Referrals
(Asian Pacific American Legal Center)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(Central American Resource Center)
2845 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles)
2533 W. 3rd St. Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(Korean Resource Center)
900 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
L.A. County Bar Immigration Project
1055 West Seventh Street, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1102 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund)
634 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(National Korean American Service & Education Consortium)
Public Counsel Law Center
610 S. Ardmore Ave.
(Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund)
1625 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 718
Los Angeles, CA 90015
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT LEGISLATION
In addition to AB 540 and the CA Dream Act, there are other pieces of legislation or federal executive orders that may benefit undocumented immigrants in California. Below you can find a brief overview of some of these; however, these notes are not designed to carry any legal weight and are only meant as a summary to be used for reference purposes. It is recommended that prospective applicants consult with an immigration attorney as needed to verify eligibility and to discuss the potential impact of these laws or executive orders to their individual cases.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
In June of 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children would be able to request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (most commonly referred to as DACA), which, upon meeting specified guidelines, would provide the following to those who qualify:
DACA is not:
To qualify for DACA, an individual must:
The total cost to apply for DACA is currently $465, which includes $380 for the work authorization petition plus $85 for a required Biometrics appointment. To apply for DACA and for more information, please go to www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals
Assembly Bill 2000 (AB 2000)
Passed in 2014, this California law expands the definition of students who may qualify for AB 540. It allows a student to qualify for exemption from nonresident tuition in accordance to AB 540 either by high school attendance in California for 3 or more years or by either elementary or secondary school attendance, or both, in California for a total of 3 or more years and attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to 3 or more years of full-time high school coursework, in addition to the other eligibility criteria for AB 540.
Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60)
Signed into law in 2013, AB 60 allows individuals who are unable to provide satisfactory proof of legal residence in the United States to qualify for a California Driver License provided they meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency. For more information, please go to https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/ab60
Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
Also known as Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA), this executive action announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 is currently on hold due to a federal court order. It would allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years provided they have lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and pass required background checks. For more information, please go to www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction
DACA + or Extended DACA
Extended DACA or DACA + refers to an executive action announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 that would expand the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years. However, due to a federal court order, this program is currently on hold. For more information, please go to www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction
Senate Bill 1159 (SB 1159)
Signed into law in 2014, this California law requires all licensing boards within the California Department of Consumer Affairs to consider licensure applicants regardless of immigration status. It prohibits licensing boards from denying licensure to an applicant based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. Individuals would be allowed to apply for a professional license in professions such as social work, law, medicine, nursing, and cosmetology, among others, by providing a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) when applying for licensure. For a list of the licensing boards under the California Department of Consumer Affairs, please go to http://www.dca.ca.gov/about_dca/entities.shtml
Currently, there is no comprehensive legislation allowing all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to qualify for healthcare. However, in California, it is possible for certain individuals who meet all other eligibility criteria to qualify for full-scope or limited Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status. For example, as a result of Senate Bill 75 (SB 75), children under 19 years of age may now qualify for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits. Additionally, according to Title 22 in the California Code of Regulations ((CCR) § 50301.3(l)), DACA recipients may also qualify for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits in California. For more information, please go to www.dhcs.ca.gov.
Undocumented immigrants in California who are not eligible under SB 75 or who are not DACA recipients can still qualify for Limited / Emergency Medi-Cal, which covers treatment directly related to an emergency medical condition and inpatient or outpatient diagnostic services. For more information, please go to http://undocumentedanduninsured.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/How-To-Enroll-in-Medi-Cal-DACA-v2.pdf.
Receipt of medical public benefits does not automatically affect an individual’s ability to adjust his or her immigration status; unless you are in a nursing home, a mental health institution, or are receiving long-term care, the use of public health programs or health services will not affect your immigration status.