Got Papers? Got Dreams?
Know that you can go to college regardless of your immigration status
Are you a current middle school or high school student? Are you a recent high school graduate or GED recipient?

Are you concerned that you can’t go to college because of your immigration status?

Are your parents concerned about family confidentiality so you can’t tell anyone of your immigration status?

Is the cost of higher education keeping you from applying?

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This site is designed to address the most common questions raised by unprotected immigrant students like you who want a better future. The information contained may not always be conclusive thereby requiring additional consultation.

If you dream of a better future, you can prepare for it, even without papers, AND you can pay lower in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition if you qualify for AB 540. This is possible because of a state law known as AB 540. As a result of AB 540 you can qualify for exemption from out-of-state tuition if you have:
  • Attend a California high school for three years
  • Graduate from a California high school, and
  • Fill out an affidavit that says you will apply for US residency as soon as possible.
If your dream is to go to the finest college or university you have to work hard in K-12, take college preparatory courses (i.e. the UC and CSU A-G course list) from the 8th to 12th grade, take high school advanced placement courses, and stayed out of trouble.

Even if your grades are not the best, you can go to a California Community College. There you can take the courses that get you on the pathway to a “Transfer Curriculum” so that you qualify for the University of California, the California State University, or an independent (private) college or university.

Students that do not qualify for AB 540 can go to college, although it will be a bit tougher financially. Thousands are doing it with scholarships and you can too.

There is a law that protects the confidentiality of student records. Check out the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for more information on how to talk with your family about your private information.

There are thousands of undocumented students studying and graduating with the associate’s degree, baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, professional degree, and doctorate right now. There are support groups, services available to help you succeed in college, state financial aid and scholarships to help pay for college.
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