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Residency Requirements

California Residence Requirement

Based on the student's answers on the online application, students are automatically classified as resident, non-resident, or out-of-state for tuition purposes.  Reclassification, changing from one classification to another, requires submitting the appropriate proof along with the Residency Reclassification Petition to the Admissions and Records Office.  Please allow up to 10 business days for processing.  Students will be notified via email once their petition is processed. 

Exceptions to Residence Determination

A list of exceptions to residence determination will be issued by the Admissions Office to each student who is classified as a "nonresident."

Consideration will be given to appropriate evidence submitted by the student in the active United States military service or who is a dependent of a member of the United States military services. The student should contact the Admissions Office for possible classification as a resident.

Legal Status

To establish residency in California, students need to be either US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or have a legal status that allows them to establish legal residency in the State of California. 


Students that otherwise do not qualify for California residency may be able to waive their non resident fees regardless of their legal status.  Please consult the AB-540 form for specific requirements.

Appeal Procedure

Any student, after a final decision on residence reclassification, may make written appeal as provided in Title 5, California Administrative Code, within 30 calendar days of notification.

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