Residency Information for Students
HOW TO UPDATE OR CORRECT RESIDENCY
California Residency Information
NOTE: An individual cannot establish residency if
he/she entered the country illegally 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 indivdual is precluded from establishing domcile in the United
States and shall not be classified as a resident of this state if
he/she holds a
visa of these types (click on link).
For questions regarding CA residency please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To petition for reclassification as a CA resident, you must documents that show evidence of intent to make CA your home for purposes other than education, and evidence of physical presence in CA dating back one year and one day before the start of the semester.
If you are under 24, you must demonstrate how you are financially supported in the state of CA.
Please submit documents to email@example.com.
Residence Requirements: Establishing California residence requires both physical presence in California AND objective evidence that there is intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose. The one year and one day residence period does not begin until you are present in California AND have demonstrated clear intent to become a resident of California (California Administrative Code Title 5, Sections 54020 & 54028).
Intent to Remain in California: Intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose may be demonstrated in several ways. You must provide a minimum of two (2) items from different categories on the list below that are dated at least one year and one day prior to the first day of the term (California Administrative Code Title 5, Section 54024). All official documents presented must be valid, readable, dated at least one year and one day prior to the residence determination date, and be properly identified with respect to the student’s name and California address.
The following documents are acceptable forms of intent. Documents must have the students name 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 consitent with CA domicile - forms 1040 and 540 or 540NR (note, any 540NR form submitted must show part year CA residence 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, Food stamps, 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.
- Petition for a divorce in California – legal document
- Offical icense from California for professional practice
- Documentation of active resident membership in California professional, service, or social organization – school organization not accepted
Physical Presence: You must have been physically present in California for one year and one day on the first day of the term you wish to be classified as a California Resident (California Administrative Code Title 5, Section 54022).
- Bank account statements
- Utility bills
- Cellphone or landline billing statement
- W2 wage and tax statement (must submit the last two years' W2 statements).
- Paycheck stubs
- Lease or rental agreement
1. If the applicant is 18 but not yet 19 years of age, the applicant and the applicant’s parents must have had legal residence within the State of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
2. If the applicant is 19 years of age or older, the applicant must have had legal residence within the State of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester. If the applicant’s parents or legal guardian’s reside out-of-state, the student must be financially independent (see Non-California Residents #2.)
3. A non-citizen holding a visa that does not preclude the student from establishing residency in California must have legal residence in California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
Students who do not meet the California residence requirements as of the day immediately preceding the first day of the semester or summer session are required to pay the non-resident tuition fees. This includes:
1. Minors (under 18 years of age and not married) will be required to pay the non-resident tuition fee if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such minors may have lived in the State of California for one year or more.
2. Students who are financially dependent on their parents or legal guardians will be required to pay non-resident tuition if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such students may have lived in the State of California for one year or more.
3. Students holding visas that preclude them from establishing residency in California may be restricted in their enrollment and will have to pay non-resident tuition. In addition, students with visas who are citizens of another country are required to pay an additional per unit capital outlay fee. See the class schedule for the amount of the fee.
Exceptions authorized by the State of California:
- Active military personnel are exempt from non-resident tuition
fees provided they are in California for a purpose other than
attending a state-supported institution of higher learning.
- Dependents of military personnel stationed on active duty in California are given a waiver of non-resident fees.
- Non-resident students who have completed three years of high
school in California and graduated in California (or equivalency)
may qualify for a waiver of non-resident fees by filing the
Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Waiver.
Instructions are also available in Spanish.
How can a non-resident student establish residency?
If you are classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes you must prove both physical presence in California for one full year immediately preceding the semester determination date, and intent to make California the permanent home for the past year (California Administrative Code Title 5, Section 54024). Presence and intent may be manifested in many ways – no one piece of document outweighs another.
If you think you may be eligible to establish California residency per the residency requirements, you may complete the California Residency Reclassification form and provide the necessary documents as indicated above, for review of your residency status. Persons generally ineligible to establish California residency include: students under age 18, students dependent on out-of-state parents/guardians, students with certain visa or citizenship status, etc. For further information regarding who is eligible to establish residency, please visit the Residency Department, located in Conlan Hall at the Ocean Campus or call 415-239-3287, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: 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, in order to cancel their fees.