AB 540 Resource Guide
SUPPORT FOR ALL STUDENTS
If you are a student who identifies as AB 540/DACA/Undocumented and are pursuing a
college education check out UCR Undocumented Student Programs and connect with their program coordinator. Additionally, the resources below can
help you with advocacy, financial aid assistance and eligibility questions.
Dream Activist is an organization of community members dedicated to passing the DREAM
Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). The DREAM Act would provide
conditional legal status and eventual citizenship to a select group of undocumented
students. The Dream Activist facebook
has information on involvement, events, coalitions, and news on immigration.
contains information about financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students.
MALDEF’s website provides helpful information for students who identify as AB 540 including
information on eligibility, tuition comparisons and frequently asked questions, all
in English and Spanish.
MALDEF also publishes an invaluable scholarship resource guide that contains a wealth of scholarships including those that do not inquire about
citizenship nor require a social security number.
The MEChA. Alumni Association has established a scholarship fund to recognize the academic and community achievement
of students who promote “Chicanismo:” a concept that “integrates self-awareness with
cultural identity [and includes all] those who acknowledge and work toward the betterment
of La Raza.”
The MEChA Alumni Association awards five scholarships of $500 each to multiple types
of students including high school and transfer students planning on attending UCR,
those currently enrolled at UCR and different types of students who identify as AB
540 as well. Each applicant must meet specific GPA and other requirements. Please
see the application for complete details.
If you are interested in applying for the MEChA Alumni Scholarship, please contact
Maria Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
is a student group at UCSD committed to equal rights for all. For more information,
contact Veronica Gonzalez at email@example.com
designed the "Keeping the Dream Alive: Resource Guide for Undocumented Students,"
a student-friendly resource handbook to help undocumented students better prepare
for post-secondary education options and, in particular, a college degree.
Student organization PODER
creates a safe environment for students who identify as AB 540 and undocumented.
It also holds the responsibility to educate fellow students, youth, the Riverside
community and faculty at all educational levels, about laws that allow undocumented
students to continue their education.
Each spring, PODER offers its own scholarship to undocumented students that have
a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate community involvement. For more information,
application procedures, and deadline, please contact PODER or Ana Coria at their email
UCR Undocumented Student Programs (USP)
Undocumented Student Programs's mission is to raise awareness of the experiences of
undocumented students (related to State Law AB 540 and Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals), and to inform future and current students, and parents, of the resources
available at UC Riverside. We understand undocumented students face different obstacles
while at college. Our aim is to help students avoid problems that can deter them from
succeeding at UCR. Most importantly, our goal is for students to be properly informed
of the resources, programs, and activities available to them at UCR and in the Riverside
community. Visit usp.ucr.edu.
provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the UC AB 540 Tuition Exemption
provides campus resources for undocumented students, including information about
the California Assembly Bill 540 and other immigration legal matters.
The University of Southern California has put together a helpful AB 540 Resource Guide
featuring information on AB 540 eligibility, legislation and students’ rights, as
well as support services, scholarships, internships, fellowships, financial aid resources
and more. All the information inside is designed to help undocumented students obtain
a higher education and succeed throughout their collegiate careers. The guide focuses
on USC students, but is adaptable to any university.