California Residency Requirements - General
The rules concerning residence determination for tuition purposes require:
- Be eligible to establish California residency
- One year’s physical residence in the state of California, and
- Evidence of intent to remain in California.
- For students seeking reclassification from nonresident to resident status, evidence of financial independence from any nonresident of California.
The burden of proof is on the student to prove he/she is a resident of
California. Students should be prepared to present evidence regarding
their residence, such as:
- Filing of a resident state income tax return.
- Entry into a legal agreement (e.g. marriage or divorce).
- California driver’s license
- Voter registration
A student seeking reclassification from nonresident to resident status
must complete a Supplemental Residency Questionnaire and financial independence
affidavit. The questionnaire and all supporting documents must be filed
in the office of the Director of Admissions & Records no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday before the semester begins.
For individuals who are refugees, resident aliens, immigrant residents,
or non-immigrant aliens, your status with the Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS) is also a factor. Bring your INS documents to the Admissions
& Records office (L113).