CCSF classifies each student as either a resident or a nonresident for purposes of tuition and fees. A student must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or possess an immigration status that allows for the establishing of permanent residence in the U.S.. Student who can't establish CA residency for tuition purposes may qualify under Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) non-resident exemption and other non-resident exceptions. Please see below for additional information about exemptions/exceptions.
CCSF student who can't establish California residency and do not qualify for non-resident exemptions/exceptions as of the day immediately preceding the first day of the semester are determined to have non-resident status. Such students are required to pay the non-resident tuition fees.
Please note: There is no deadline to request a reclassification of residency or to apply for exemptions/exceptions of nonresident tuition, please contact our Residency Team for form(s) and instructions.
Establishing CA Residency
To petition for reclassification as a CA resident, you must provide clear and convincing evidence that you have satisfied all the following conditions:
- Immigration status
- Physical presence
- Financial independence for students under 24 years of age
Student and, in some cases, your parents must have the legal ability to establish permanent residence in CA. Student who are in process of status adjustment can establish residency as long as that new pending status allows you to establish residency and the receipt date must show one year before the determination date to qualify for that semester.
The following documents are examples that we use to verify your immigration status include, but are not limited to:
- I-589 asylum/refugee receipt
- I-797 Notice of Action letter from USCIS
- U.S. Employment of Authorization Card
- U.S. Permanent Residence Card
- U.S. Naturalization Certificate
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport ID
- Copy of visa status
- I-94 entry/exit form
- Immigration court document
|A-1, A-2, A-3||Foreign Government Officials|
|E-1, E-2, E-2C, E-3||Treaty Traders and Treaty investors|
|G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5||Representatives to Internatioanl Organizatiosn|
|H1B, H1C, H4 (spouse or child of H-1B or H-1C)||Temporary Workers and their dependents|
|I||Foreign Media Representatives|
|K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4||Fiance(e)s and Spouses of U.S. citizen|
|L-1A, L-2||Intracompany Transferees|
|NATO 1-7||North Atlantic Treaty Organization representatives|
|N-8, N-9||Certain parents and children of section 101(a)(27)(I)|
|O-1, O-3 (spouse or child of O-1)||Workers with Extraordinary Abilities|
|R-1, R-2||Religious Workers|
|Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)||I-360 petition|
|T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, T-6||Alien Victims of Human Trafficking|
|U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5||Alien Victims of Certain Crimes|
|V-1, V-2, V-3||Certain Second Preference Beneficiaries|
Other Status Eligible to Establish Residency
|Pending immigration status||
|B-1, B-2||Visitor for business or pleasure|
|C-1 to C-4||Alien in transit|
|D-1, D-2||Alien crew member|
|F-1, F-2, F-3||International students and dependents|
|H-1B1||Temporary Worker for citizens of Singapore and Chile|
|H-2A, H-2B, H-3, H-4||Temporary Workers/Alien trainee-their dependents|
|J-1, J-2||Exchange visitor, spouse and children|
|M-1, M-2, M-3||Nonacademic or vocational student, dependents|
|O-2||O-1 assistant, not related|
|P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4||Athlete, entertainer, artist, their dependents|
|Q-1 to Q-3||International cultural exchange program|
|S-5, S-6, S-7||Informant of criminal organization|
|TN/TD||Business professionals citizens of Canada & Mexico|
|TWOV||Transit Without Visa (passenger/crew)|
|"Order of Supervision" aliens||Aliens are released from custody|
|BCC||Border crossing cards|
|BE agreement entrants||Bering Straits|
|VWP||Visa Waiver Program for WB & WT|
|Unlawful immigrants or out-of-status alien (overstayed visas)|
Intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose may be demonstrated in several ways. The following documents are acceptable forms of intent. Documents must have the students name, CA address, and must not be older than two years:
- Current California driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicles documentation of California driver’s license. – CA state law requires a resident driver to obtain a California driver’s license within 10 days from the date residence is established.
- California Identification Card.
- California Motor Vehicle registration – California Registration Certificate.
- Federal and State tax records consistent with CA domicile - forms 1040 and 540 or 540NR (note, any 540NR form submitted must show part year CA resident and the date residency in CA began. 540NR tax returns showing domicile in another state will not be accepted as evidence of intent.
- Benefits or public assistance from the state of CA - EDD, CalFresh, Covered CA or Medi-Cal, Cash Aid program, etc.
- Verification of California Voter Registration-Voter Registration Card.
- Documentation of purchase and occupancy of residential real estate in California – loan papers, tax receipts, escrow paper.
- Maintaining permanent military address or home of record in California while in armed forces – DD214 and DD2058.
- Petition for a divorce in California – legal document.
- Official license from California Department of Consumer Affairs for Business or Individual practice.
The following documents may be used to clearly demonstrate physical presence in California:
- Bank account statements
- Utility bills (PG&E, Recology)
- Cellphone or landline billing statement
- W2 wage and tax statement (must submit the last two years' W2 statements).
- Paycheck stubs
- Official lease or rental agreement
Unmarried student who are under 24 years old must demonstrate how you are financially supported in the state of CA. Students who are dependents and being claimed for tax exemption outside of California are not eligible to establish California residency even with proof of intent and physical presence. Students who filed tax returns outside of California the last two tax year will be asked to provide proof of filing in-state to qualify for residency.
These documents include, but are not limited to:
- Tax returns (Federal 1040 and CA 540/540NR)
- Pay stubs
- W2s, 1099-MISC
- CA public assistance (EDD, Cal-Fresh, Cash Aid Program)
- Financial Aid Awards letter
Notes about establishing CA residency
- Students who are in the process of requesting a change of residency status must meet the fee obligation and refund deadlines for each course in which they are enrolled. Students are responsible for dropping their classes before the refund deadlines or risking of owing the tuition fees.
- An individual cannot establish residency if he/she entered the country unlawfully or under a visa which requires the individual to maintain residence outside the United States, or that he/she entered the United States solely for a temporary purpose. An individual is precluded from establishing domicile in the United States and shall not be classified as a resident of this state if he/she hold an ineligible immigration status (see ineligible immigration status).