Nonresident tuition exemption
Under California law AB 540, certain nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident supplemental tuition.
If you are granted an AB 540 exemption, you will pay in-state tuition and fees and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents; however, you will remain classified as a nonresident at UC. In 2012-13, nonresident supplemental tuition for undergraduates is $22,878. UC students enrolled in self-supporting programs are not subject to paying nonresident supplemental tuition and are not eligible for the AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption.
Who is eligible for the tuition exemption?
If you're otherwise subject to systemwide nonresident supplemental tuition charges but can answer yes to both of the following questions, you are eligible for the AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption.*
- Did you attend a California high school for three or more years?
- Did you graduate (or will you graduate) from a high school in California or the equivalent? A High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the California State GED Office or a Certificate of Proficiency resulting from the California High School Proficiency Examination are considered equivalent to high school graduation.
In addition, if you answer yes to both of these questions but do not have legal immigration status, you must certify that you are taking steps to legalize your immigration status or will do so as soon as you are eligible.
* Nonimmigrant students are not eligible for this exemption. Nonimmigrants include, but are not necessarily limited to, students holding visas in one of the following categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN/TD, U, TWOV and NATO.
How to apply for the exemption
UC accepts the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request or the University of California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Application and Affidavit, which are available below or at campus registrars' offices. You should complete and submit the form after you have been admitted and submitted your Statement of Legal Residence to the campus residence deputy and received a nonresident classification. You may be asked to provide official high school transcripts and proof of high school graduation.
Once you have been determined to be eligible for the exemption, you need not reapply as long as you are continuously enrolled at a single UC campus.
Good to know
Students who receive an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption are eligible to receive financial aid.
AB 540 contacts
- UC Berkeley: Rodolfo (Rod) Santos
- UC Davis: Joanne Madril
- UC Irvine: John Lapuz
- UCLA: Deborah Bolton and Ana Ibarra-Abu Malhi
- UC Merced: Angelica Guillen
- UC Riverside: Kendra McCann
- UC San Diego: Donna DeAngelis-Blaine
- UC San Francisco: Jina Shamim
- UC Santa Barbara: Michael Basile and Jill Title
- UC Santa Cruz: Gloria Lozano