AB 540: Undocumented Students in the UC System. Alejandra Flores Janel Munguia Carina Salazar. Who Are Undocumented Students?.
A student who is not a US citizen or legal permanent resident and who does not currently posses a green card, visa, or other legal documentation is considered an undocumented student.
Each year, over 60,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States.
(Plyler v. Doe).
On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill AB 540 into law. AB 540, authored by the late Assembly Member Marco A. Firebaugh, authorized undocumented students who meet specified criteria to pay in-state tuition at California public colleges and universities.
Assemblyman Firebaugh received his BA in Political Science from UC Berkley and Law Degree from UCLA.
Undocumented students are protected under the federal law regarding student records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that educational student records be kept confidential. Information that may be in school records regarding a student's undocumented status must be kept confidential. Disclosure should be made only after parental consent or based upon express authority provided under FERPA.
There is no notation in a student’s record to indicate that they are an AB 540 student.
The student may or may not be willing to disclose this information with their counselor.
UCLA Student Panel:
(Authored by State Senator Gilbert A. Cedillo)
This bill would require the Board of Governors for the California Community College, Board of Trustees for the California State University, and strongly recommend to the Board of Regents of the University of California system to allow students who meet the in-state tuition (California Education Code § 68130.5) requirements to compete for the current financial aid available that is administered by the institutions. Students who meet these requirements would also be eligible to apply for and receive a Board of Governor Fee Waiver.