1. Satisfied either of the following:
a. attended a high school (public or private) in California for three (3) or more years, or
b. attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three (3) or more years of full-
time high school course work and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in
California for a total of three (3) or more years, or a combination of those schools. or
c. attained credits earned at a California adult school, or
d. attained credits at a California Community College, or
e. a combination of the schools listed above.
2. Graduated or will graduate from a California high school, or
a. attained a General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), Test Assessing
Secondary Completion (TASC), or
b. attained an associate degree from a California Community College, or
c. fulfilled the minimum transfer requirements to transfer from a California Community College to a University of
California or California State University, and
3. Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, and
4. If applicable, complete the affidavit stating that you will legalize your immigration status as soon as you are eligible, and
5. Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (A, B, C, D, E, F, J, H, L, etc.) *
*If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a valid U Visa you are eligible
PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING EXEMPTION FROM NONRESIDENT TUITION
California Community Colleges
Complete the form entitled California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request with your college. Submit it to the Admissions
Office at the community college where you are enrolled or intend to enroll. You may be required to submit additional
documentation. Call the college Admissions Office if you have questions.
University of California
The University of California (UC) campuses each have their own nonresident tuition exemption application and affidavit forms.
Requests are not to be submitted until you have been admitted to a UC campus and have filed both a Statement of Intent to
Register and a Statement of Legal Residence. For campus-specific instructions regarding documentation and deadline dates,
contact the campus personnel knowledgeable about AB 540, AB 2000 and SB 68 classifications.
California State University
Complete the form entitled California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request with your university. Contact the Office of
Admission and Records at the CSU campus where you are enrolled or intend to enroll for instructions on submission, deadline
information, and additional requirements. You will be required to submit final high school transcripts and appropriate records of
high school graduation or the equivalent, if you have not done so already. Call the Office of Admissions and Records at the
campus if you have questions.
AB 540 Affidavit
California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Application
Education Code § 68130.5, as amended, commonly known as AB 540
Instructions Complete and sign this form to request exemption from nonresident tuition charged to nonresident students. If
determined to be eligible, you will receive the exemption for as long as you fulfill the eligibility requirements or until the college or
university no longer offers this exemption. Applying for this exemption does not alter your responsibility to pay, by the campus
deadline, any nonresident tuition and associated fees that may be due before your eligibility is determined.
General Information California Education Code Section 68130.5, exempts any student, other than one with a United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) non-immigrant visa status (*see exception below for students
who have been granted Temporary Protection Status or U visa), who meets all of the following requirements, shall
be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the University of California, and the
California State University (all public colleges and universities in California).
The student must have: