September 5, 2017:
AB 540 and the California Dream Act
It is important to note that today’s decision on the “unwinding” of DACA does not impact a student’s ability to attend our colleges, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.
An AB 540 eligible student is exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Attended a California high school for at least three years, OR attained the equivalent of at least three years of credits from a California high school and attended at least three full years at California K-12 schools;
- Graduated from a California high school, got a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
- Are registered or enrolled at a California community college;
- If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status.
BOG Fee Waiver (State Financial Aid at Community Colleges)
The BOG Fee Waiver for 2017-2018 application is for eligible students who qualify for state financial aid. Students must be eligible for AB 540 (see below) in order to receive the BOG Fee Waiver. Students can complete the BOG Fee Waiver application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.
AB 130 & 131 (State Legislature for California)
Eligible students who qualify for AB 540 (see below) can apply for California state financial aid and scholarships from non-state funds at a California public colleges and universities. Students can apply for financial aid by completing the CA Dream Act application, not the FAFSA.
CA Dream Act Application (California State Financial Aid)
The CA Dream Act Application is identical to the FAFSA and should be filed every year between January 1-March 2nd (priority deadline) for the upcoming academic year. Students who are AB 540 should complete this application instead of the FAFSA because the FAFSA is for federal aid only. If a student has a social security number approved through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the student should still file the CA Dream Act, not the FAFSA.
The CA Dream Act application is open year-round for students who did not file during the priority deadline. For help, please contact your Financial Aid Office or the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Admissions & Records
AB 540/AB 2000 Affidavit 2016-2017
The AB 540/AB 2000 Affidavit grants in-state tuition and allows for income-eligible students to apply for AB 130 & 131 (California state financial aid and scholarships). Eligible students must file an AB 540 Affidavit at every new campus they attend so that students are charged in-state tuition.
Eligibility Requirements for AB 540:
- attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years, or
- attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full- time high school coursework and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years.
- The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam) and
- The student must file an affidavit with the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
NOTE: Students must submit the AB 540 Affidavit to the college Admissions & Records office first, then they can receive financial aid.
Student Health Center
All Mission College students have access to the Student Health Services as it is part of student fees and no insurance is required.
Scholarships are grants and do not need to be paid back. Undocumented students are highly encouraged to apply for scholarships that they are eligible for, particularly students who are not eligible for financial aid through AB 130 & 131. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for a scholarship, contact the scholarship committee and ask if they take undocumented student applicants. For a list of scholarships, click on Community Resources!
Student Support Programs
Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS)
DSPS provides accommodations and services who have a disability, learning difference, or who need additional support with their learning based on their individual needs.
Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)
EOPS offers educational support services and grants to students who have experienced economic, educational, and/or language challenges, and who are often within the first generation in their families to attend college. The intent, purpose, and resources of EOPS are directed toward assisting students to achieve their educational goals. If you are AB 540 & BOG Eligible, you can apply during their open application period.
Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
MESA provides support to community college students who are majoring in math, engineering, and science so that they excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions. Students who are AB540/AB2000 eligible are eligible to apply!
Puente Project's mission is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees and return to their communities as leaders and mentors to future generations. Puente is open to all students as long as they meet the English requirement to take English 908 in the fall semester.