AB 540 / AB 2000

AB 540 and its amendment AB 2000, are California Assembly Bills passed in 2001 and 2014 respectively. These bills allowed for students who are considered a Non-Resident student in a CA public college or university to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. 


AB 540/AB 2000 Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a California high school for a minimum of three or more years; OR

  • Attend a California elementary, middle, and/or high school for a combination of three or more years; AND

  • Graduated from a California high school; OR

  • Received a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam; AND

  • Are registered or enrolled at a California Community College; AND

  • Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Form with Admissions & Records


Important Information Regarding AB 540/AB 2000

The law prevents public colleges and universities in California from discriminating against a student’s admissions based on a student’s immigration status. Therefore, students are not required to provide a Social Security Card for admission purposes. 


To support this, the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Form is worded as to protect undocumented students from having to declare their immigration status. Undocumented students (including DACA recipients, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens must all state they are not a “nonimigrant allien.” 


Though AB 540/AB 2000 establish residency for tuition purposes, these laws do not establish legal residency in California. For additional questions, please refer to CCSF’s AB 540 FAQs