Undocumented Student Resources

What Is AB540?

It’s a State Law.

On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 (Stats. 2001, ch. 814) adding a new section, 68130.5, to the California Education Code. Section 68130.5 created a new exemption from the payment of non-resident tuition for certain non-resident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent. AB 2000 expanded the scope of AB 540 in 2014.


The ALASS AB540 committee’s mission will be to empower Palomar College Staff, Students, Faculty and Administration to work together to advocate for and raise awareness for AB540, undocumented, and mixed-status students. Collaborating with various campus constituencies, the committee will assist the campus in working toward a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment. In order to accomplish this, the committee will

  • (a) identify and create necessary resources
  • (b) create integrated support mechanisms and
  • (c) train staff and faculty in the legal, equitable, and holistic needs of students and the community in order to increase student access, retention and success.

Our overall goal is to increase the educational and personal well-being of our AB540/Undocumented/Mixed Status students, validate their experiences, and create a healthy campus climate with a sense of community well-being.

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