Merced College is honored to serve undocumented students (Dreamers) to overcome challenges
to access higher education opportunities and provide a safe and caring environment.
We are proud to welcome you to our campus as we work to assist you with resources
and information needed to reach your academic and personal goals.
What is an AB 540 Student?
California law AB 540 authorizes any student, including undocumented students who
meet specific criteria to pay in-state tuition at California's public colleges and
universities. This applied to students who may be without lawful immigration status,
as well as to students who have moved out of state and subsequently returned to California.
A student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets all of the
following four requirements:
AB 540 Student Requirements
- Attended a California high school for 3 years or more;
- Graduated from a California high school with a high school diploma or attained the
- Be registered or currently enrolled in one of the three state institutions of higher
education in California.; and,
- Filed an AB 540 affidavit with the college or university stating that they will file
an application to adjust their immigration status as soon as they are eligible.
Complete the AB 540 Form and contact the Admissions and Records office to complete the process. For more information
regarding requirements. please refer to AB 540 guidelines.
California Dream Act
Merced College Financial Aid office support undocumented students with the following
three bills: Assembly Bill (AB) 540, Senate Bill 2000(SB 2000) and Senate Bill (SB
68) to receive certain types of financial aid.
Combined, these Bills constitute what is called the California Dream Act, and they
allow undocumented students to:
California Dream Act
- Pay the resident fees at public colleges and universities in California,
- Apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered
financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers and state-sponsored
Apply for Cal Dream Act Application with Merced College.
Accessing Cal Dream Act Application Video support or Resources
Steps to Enroll at MCC?
Step 1 - Refer to the "Five Easy Steps to Register for Classes at MC." As a first-time MC student, you will Submit an application online through CCCApply.
Step 2 - Complete an AB 540 Affidavit Form and submit to the Admissions & Records Office. Contact the office if you have questions. You may be required to submit additional
Step 3 - Read about the California Dream Act Process at our Financial Aid Office to find out if you qualify for financial assistance.
Step 4 - Contact Counseling & Guidance and ask to speak to the Dream Act counselor.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain
undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education
or military service here.
Who is eligible for DACA?
Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply for deferred action for childhood
- Are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the U.S. while under the age of 16;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present. (For purposes
of calculating this five year period, brief and innocent absences from the United
States for humanitarian reasons will not be included);
- Entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or individuals whose lawful
immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of
making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or
have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than
three misdemeanors and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of the above criteria. In addition,
every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check.
For More Information:
Scholarship for Dreamers
The UFW Foundation's Community Colleges Project has partnered with Merced College
to provide FREE immigration services to students, staff, and faculty. The UFW Foundation's
Community Colleges Project provides a wide array of immigration services and can assist
with DACA renewals, naturalization, adjustment of status applications, removal proceedings
and much more! The UFW Foundation's Community Colleges Project is staffed by attorneys,
Department of Justice accredited representatives, and qualified legal assistants.
Their staff is devoted to helping all students, staff, and faculty attain quality
legal advice and services.
UFW Foundation Office Hours: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 9AM-5PM.
- Merced Campus: 2nd Thursdays of the month
- Los Banos Campus: 4th Thursday of the month.
Appointments can be made using the QR code on the Flyer