California state law requires that each student enrolled in or applying for admission to a California community college provide information and evidence to determine his/her residence classification for tuition purposes. The guidelines below will help you determine if you are a California resident for purposes of attending a California community college.
To qualify as a resident, the student must meet the following requirements:
If the student was born outside of the United States, he/she must have met the above mentioned requirements, along with INS documentation that is dated at least one year and one day before the first day of classes for the semester he/she plans to attend.
Non-U.S. citizens will be evaluated for residency based on immigration status as permanent residents or on the type of visa held, length of stay in California , and intent to maintain California as a permanent home . Students on B, C, D, F, H-2, H-3, J, M, O-2, P, or Q visas and students not in the United States legally are precluded from establishing residency.
If the student is under 19 years of age, residency may be derived from his/her parent or legal guardian.
The college will make the final determination of residency, but the burden of proof is on the student to demonstrate clearly, with proof, both physical presence in California and intent to establish California residence.
Each student at the time of admission or readmission will be classified according to his/her legal residence.
Be sure to submit all documents necessary to establish residency to the Admissions and Records Office.
The following will be accepted as proof of intent to establish California residence for tuition purposes:
Conduct inconsistent with a claim for California residence includes but is not limited to:
Please note the following requirements: At least two pieces of evidence must be presented, and additional evidence may be required. The more evidence you can present to show intent, the easier it is to become a California resident for tuition purposes. A person begins to establish intent by doing as many of the above mentioned actions AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after his/her arrival in California.
This information has been extracted from the California Education Code sections 68000 and after, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 54000-54072.