Undocumented Students: AB540, DACA, or Non-AB540/Non-DACA

UCLA graduate students with the status of AB540, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented are eligible for certain types of funding at UCLA.  Students with AB540 status may apply for specific funding opportunities at UCLA that can be found at the “Funding for Entering Students” and “Funding for Continuing Students” links.  Effective with the 2020-21 fiscal year, AB540 eligible students may apply for a California Dream Act loan. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Students with DACA status are eligible to work in various positions, including teaching assistantships, graduate student researcher positions and others.  Undocumented students who are not AB540 nor DACA are eligible to receive non-State funding in the form of departmental gifts, endowed funding and/or private funds without citizenship restrictions. The link below outlines the various options available.

Funding Eligibility for UC Grad Undocumented Students Eligible for AB540, DACA or Non-AB540/Non-DACA

California Residency and Exemption from Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST)

AB540 Exemption

Students (except nonimmigrant aliens) who attended for three years and graduated from a California high school (or attained equivalent) but currently pay NRST may benefit from the University of California AB540 NRST Exemption Application and Affidavit.  The application includes information about UC AB540 policy and eligibility requirements.  For more information, please visit UCLA’s Nonresident Supplemental Tuition Exemptions page.

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