Immigrants Rising’s In-State Tuition Tool (ISTT) helps you determine whether you qualify for in-state tuition (AB 540/SB 68) in California!

How much can I save each year by paying in-state tuition? [1]
California Community Colleges

$7,000
in CA Community Colleges

California State Universities

$9,504
in CA State Universities

Universities of California

$29,754
in Universities of CA

You may also be eligible to receive financial aid from the state and your school.

What does In-State Tuition do?

You can save money by qualifying for in-state tuition (AB 540/SB 68) in California! Out-of-state fees can be up to 3 times higher than in-state rates. By qualifying, undocumented and other eligible immigrant and out-of-state students pay the same amount of tuition as California residents. Learn more about the requirements for in-state tuition here.

Those eligible for in-state tuition (AB 540/SB 68) may also receive additional financial support through the California Dream Act.

What is the In-State Tuition Tool (ISTT)?

Our new and improved In-State Tuition Tool (ISTT) helps you figure out if you meet the attendance and degree requirements needed for in-state tuition (AB 540/SB 68) in California.

The ISTT will ask you questions about:

  • The high school(s), adult school(s), and/or community college(s) (non-credit and credit courses) in California that you attended or are currently attending.
  • Any degree(s) you have earned or are working towards in California.

How do I complete the ISTT?

What if I don’t qualify for In-State Tuition?

Even if you don’t qualify for in-state tuition yet, the ISTT can help you figure out what you need in order to meet eligibility in the future. You can even take this more than once. Come back to it again as you build up your eligibility for in-state tuition (AB 540/SB 68) in California.


[1] Calculated by reviewing the 2020-2021 costs of attendance at each CA public college and university.


This Tool is a collaboration between Immigrants Rising staff, Marithza Quiroz (Lead Design), and the undocumented students and educators who provided feedback that helped develop this new iteration.