Urge Governor Davis: Make College Accessible For All
**ACLU URGENT ALERT**TAKE ACTION BEFORE OCTOBER 14th**
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AB 540 Removes Tuition Penalty For California's Immigrant Students
Those who are committed to equal educational opportunities for all Californians only have a few more days to act. The Governor has until October 14th to sign all legislation, including AB 540, a landmark civil rights bill that will change a gross disparity in California law the unfair tuition penalty for California high school graduates who are undocumented.
Assembly Bill 540 will allow the children of hard-working parents who immigrated to this country for a better life and who contribute to California's prosperity through labor and taxes, the opportunity to attend a public university or college at in-state tuition rates. These students know California as their home and have worked hard to excel academically. After all of their hard work, these students find out that because of their undocumented status, continuing their education becomes unaffordable and unattainable.
Undocumented California high school graduates have to pay out-of-state tuition fees that are out of their reach:
--Out-of-state tuition fee at the University of California is over $10,000, while the in-state tuition fee is $3,964
--Out-of-state tuition at the California State University is $7,380, in-state tuition is $1,839
--Community college out-of-state tuition is $130 per unit, while the California in-state tuition is only $11 per unit
Passage of AB 540, introduced by Assemblymembers Marco Firebaugh and Abel Maldonado, will allow California high school graduates to pay in-state tuition and become eligible for California student aid programs if they meet the following requirements:
--Attended high school in California for three or more years
--Graduated from a California high school or the equivalent of a high school diploma