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Financial Support

In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

In order to pay in-­state tuition, the college or university you are attending must determine that you are a California resident for tuition purposes, or that you meet the eligibility to be exempt from non­resident tuition through AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68. AB 540/AB 2000/ SB 68 are laws that provide in-state tuition benefits for undocumented and out-of-state students who attend or will attend a public college or university in California. Obtaining AB 540 status at a CA public college or university you attend opens the door to various types of financial aid through the California Dream Act Application: California College Promise Grant, California Promise Program, and Cal Grants. Please visit the following link to learn more: 

If you are considered a non resident for tuition purposes, you will pay approximately three times more than a resident student. In order to become exempt from your non-resident tuition at a California public college or university, you must complete a non-resident tuition exemption form, also known as an affidavit. Please connect with our office prior to submitting your AB 540 affadavit  for COC! We are more than happy to assist you with this process.

California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

The California College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW), waives enrollment fees for qualified students for the entire school year. Students may receive a waiver for any number of units, with no minimum. You may qualify if you have some financial need, receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (AFDC/TANF), Supplemental Security Income/SSP or General Assistance and those who meet certain income standards.

The California College Promise Grant (Board of Governors Fee Waiver) ONLY waives ENROLLMENT FEES ($46 per unit)*. You are responsible to pay any fees not covered by your award at the time of registration to avoid being dropped for non-payment. To learn more about the CCPG at College of the Canyons, please click here.

Canyons Promise

Canyons Promise provides incoming first-time college students for the Fall semester the opportunity to attend College of the Canyons tuition free for their first two years (Fall and Spring semesters only). Exclusively for first-time college students who enroll full-time, Canyons Promise provides the financial support, high-touch academic/counseling contact, and peer collaboration proven to increase student success. Undocumented students who are eligible for AB 540 status may be eligible to join Canyons Promise!

Students must be:

  • First-time college students (a new college student who has neither attempted nor taken any college courses following their graduation from high school)
  • California Resident or AB 540 student

To learn more about the Canyons Promise Program, please click here.

Undocumented Student Scholarships