State Law: AB 540 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 540 Guidelines & 68130.5 Requirements for Eligibility
Must have attended a California high school for 3 or more full academic years (between grades 9 through 12, inclusive and does not need to be consecutive years);
Must have or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D.; or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
Must register or is currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California;
Must file or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;
Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, E, etc.)