RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT STATUS
California Residency for Tuition Purposes
Residency status is determined by the information provided by the student on the Application for Admission. Students who do not meet California residency requirements will be classified as non-residents for tuition purposes.
In order to be considered for in-state residency reclassification, it is required that there be a combination of 1) physical presence, 2) evidence of intent to make California your permanent state of residency, and 3) financial independence. The burden of proof to clearly demonstrate physical presence, intent, and financial independence lies with the student.
For more information, follow this link to review the California Residency Information brochure. This brochure outlines the process to apply for in-state residency reclassification, gives examples of documents that show proof of physical presence and proof of intent, and lists items that will disqualify an application. The brochure also addresses personnel of the United States Military in relationship to California residency.
This questionnaire and supporting documents must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student seeks reclassification.
AB540: California Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible California High School Graduates
California law (AB 540) applies to students who may be an alien without lawful immigration status and provides for those who meet specific criteria the opportunity to have nonresident fees exempted. Students must have attended a California high school for three or more years and have graduated from such high school or have attained the equivalent, such as a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) or Certificate of Proficiency (CHSPE).