Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

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Higher Education for AB 540 Students


Our Mission

Higher Education for AB 540 Students (HEFAS) at De Anza College is an institutional and educational program that will provide resources, reduce financial stress, and create a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis on undocumented/AB 540 information. It implements a book loan program, peer advisors, and free access to resources; which will secure their educational success. We are dedicated to empower students, build leadership skills, promote social justice, and advocate for higher education. 

What is AB 540?

There are 3 Requirements to be eligible to AB 540:

1.) Attend a California High School for 3 or more years. 

2.) Graduate from a California High School or receive a General Education Degree (GED)

3.) Register or be currently enrolled at an accredited public institution of higher education in California. 

For more information or to sign the Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form CLICK HERE.

Who is an Undocumented Student?

  • Undocumented students are foreign nationals who came to the US without legal documentation or overstayed their visas.
  • 2.5 million undocumented youth live in the US; 40% of them live in California.
  • About 65,000 undocumented students graduate form US high schools each year. Only 5-10% of these graduates go to college.
  • Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition under Assembly Bill 540 at CA public universities and colleges. 

Our Services

  1. Information on new Immigrant and Undocumented Student related legislations. (CA DREAM Act) 
  2. Transfer and Scholarship Information
  3. Book Loan Program
  4. Peer Mentors and Tutors
  5. Computer and Internet Access and Free Printing
  6. Safe place 
  7. Support of a community
  8. Access to Counselors
  9. "Know your Rights" and "Education not Deportation" Workshops 
  10. Development and Participation of Social Justice, Civic Engagement and Leadership opportunities. 

Our Community Partners

SIREN- Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network

San Jose De-BUG

Educators for Fair Consideration

Community Law Center of East Palo Alto

Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Office of Equity, Social Justice and Mutlicultural Education

SSRS- Student and Retention Services

Contact Us

Campus Center Room 132

(408) 864-5559


Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Building: East Cottage Contact: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739


Last Updated: 6/10/15