Residency determination shall be made on the basis of a residence statement completed at the time of application.
A resident is a student who has residence in the state for more than one year immediately preceding the opening day of instruction of the semester (EC68017,680601), and has demonstrated intent to make California their permanent home.
A student shall be required to present evidence of physical presence in California, intent to make California their home for other than a temporary purpose; and if the student was classified as a non-resident during the preceding term, financial independence must be proven (T54020/EC68044).
Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes does not constitute establishing California residence regardless of the length of that presence (T554026). Residents of another state are non-residents of California (T554030).The burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly both physical presence in California and intent to establish California residence (T554026). International students who hold a Visa that precludes establishing residency are considered non-residents. Individuals applying to the INS for an adjustment of status should be aware that physical presence in California prior to that date does not apply to the one year requirement; the application for adjustment of status begins the timeline for the physical presence component of residency (EC68062h,i).
A student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State on active duty, except those assigned for educational purposes to State-supported institutions of higher education, shall be entitled to resident classification until he/she has resided in the State the minimum time necessary to become a resident (EC68075). During this time, the student should demonstrate intent to make California their permanent home.
A student who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild (under 18 years of age), or spouse who is a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this State on active duty shall be entitled to resident classification until he/she has resided in the State the minimum time necessary to become a resident (EC68074). During this time, the student should demonstrate intent to make California their permanent home. Due to a variety of circumstances which may exist, it may be necessary for a student to meet with the Dean of Admissions and Records to review their residency situation.
WAIVER OF NON-RESIDENT FEES (ASSEMBLY BILL 540)
Individuals who have..
- attended a California high school for three or more years, and
- have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (e.g., passed the CHSPE or GED), and
- have filed a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request with the College and he/she is an alien without lawful immigration status, may receive a waiver of the non-resident fees under AB 540.
This law also applies to U.S. Citizens who have been absent from California, but...
- attended a California high school for three or more years and
- graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent. Individuals would have to provide appropriate documentation, e.g., high school transcripts.
This process does not make the individual a resident for tuition purposes--it simply waives the non-resident fees. Waivers are valid from spring semester through the summer semester. Each fall semester , students must advise the Admissions and Records Office if they wish to continue receiving the waiver.