Admissions and Records
AB540 amd AB 2000: California Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible California High School Graduates
Any student, other than one with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) nonimmigrant visa status (see exception below for students who have been granted T or U visa status), 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).(1)
1 This exemption to the requirement to pay the nonresident tuition fee is often referred to “AB 540” after the Assembly Bill which enacted the exemption. (Ed. Code, Â§ 68130.5.)
2 In 2014, Assembly Bill 2000 was enacted amending Education Code section 68130.5 to allow this additional flexibility in meeting the requirements for the exemption.
3 In 2012, Assembly Bill 1899 was enacted into law exempting holders of T and U visas from paying nonresident tuition. (Ed. Code, Â§ 68122.)
PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING THIS
EXEMPTION FROM NONRESIDENT TUITION
California Community Colleges: Complete the form entitled California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request. 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 also a Statement of Legal Residence. For campus-specific instructions regarding documentation and deadline dates, contact the campus personnel knowledgeable about AB 540 and AB 2000 classifications:
California State University: Complete the form on California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request. 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.