ALL RESIDENCY PETITIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE START OF THE TERM IN QUESTION.
GENERAL RESIDENCY POLICY: Under the California Education Code, the general rule is that a student
1) must have been a legal California resident for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to the
start of the semester or term you are applying for to qualify as a resident student; 2) the student must
have demonstrated intent to establish California residency for a minimum of two years; 3) has not engaged
in conduct that is inconsistent with a claim for California residence; 4) is not prohibited by law from establishing
RESIDENCY STATUS CAN ONLY BE CHANGED BY SUBMISSION OF A PETITION FOR RECLASSIFICATION
FROM NON-RESIDENT TO RESIDENT STATUS AND ALL REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. THE
BURDEN OF PROOF IS ON THE STUDENT.
THE PETITION FOR RECLASSIFICATION FROM NON-RESIDENT TO RESIDENT STATUS CAN BE
DOWNLOADED OR OBTAINED FROM THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS.
STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO CLEAR RESIDENCY ISSUES PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEMESTER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NONRESIDENT TUITION FEES OR SUBJECT TO BEING DROPPED FROM ALL COURSES IF FEES ARE NOT PAID.
As stated above, the burden of proof to demonstrate both physical presence in the state of California and intent to
establish permanent California residence (if your citizenship status does not preclude you from establishing
residence in the United States) is on the student. This means you must provide:
Documentation of your legal status if you are not a United States citizen; and
Two (2) acceptable proofs of established California residency (see list below)
Students who are under 19 years of age cannot establish their own residency, they derive residency from their parent or legal guardian. If a student is under 19 and classified as Out-of-Country, documentation of legal status (visa, permanent resident card, notice of action, etc.) for the student and the parent must be presented. All documentation must be for the same parent or guardian. If the student lives with a legal guardian, court guardianship documents must also be submitted.
LISTED BELOW ARE ITEMS THAT MAY BE ATTACHED TO THIS PETITION AS EVIDENCE OF PHYSICAL PRESENCE AND INTENT. A STUDENT MUST SUBMIT A MINIMUM OF TWO (2) ITEMS.
All documents submitted must be valid, legible, and dated at least one (1) year and one (1) day before the session/semester start date and include NAME and A PHYSICAL CALIFORNIA ADDRESS, NO P.O. BOXES. With the exception of the driver’s license or California ID, documents CANNOT be older than 2 years prior to the start of the term for which residency is being requested.
Students attending out-of-state colleges may be required to show proof of paying nonresident tuition at that college.
***Only one item from each category will be accepted.***
1. Valid California Driver License/ID or CA DMV Printout (Online printout not accepted) or CA car registration
2. California bank account statement (Statement end date is the date that is used)
3. Voter’s registration card or Proof of voter registration stamped by County Registrar’s Office
4. Utility bill (DWP, gas, telephone, electric, cable, etc.) for the appropriate time period.
5. Apartment/home lease or rental agreement (one-year current) - NO ROOM RENTALS OR MONTH TO MONTH
6. California car insurance. Student, or parent if student is under 19, must be Primary Insured Driver.
7. California State Aid, Social Welfare, California Court documents
8. California health insurance—must include resident address and issue date.
9. California public library membership, if dated or Printout of library account information w/ library address stamp
10. Paystub or employment verification on company letterhead w/ paystub if paystub does not include address
11. Military discharge papers (DD 214) if discharged within one year of start of semester or Leave and Earnings statement
indicating California as home of record
12. Marriage license or divorce decree issued in California (for the appropriate time period)
13. California 540 tax form with California as the home address for the previous year (540NR form NOT acceptable)
14. Union membership in a California Local—must include resident address and a date
15. Licenses or certificates issued by the state of California with issue date - NO DIPLOMAS
AB 540 STUDENTS
Any student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from
paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the University of California, and the California
State University (all public colleges and universities in California).
o The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years.
o The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the
start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School Proficiency exam).
o An alien student who is without lawful immigration status must file an affidavit with the college or university
stating that he or she has an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application
as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
• Students who are nonimmigrants [for example, those who hold F (student) visas, B (visitor) visas, etc.] are not
eligible for this exemption.
• The student must file an exemption request including a signed affidavit with the college that indicates the
student has met all applicable conditions described above. Student information obtained in this process is
strictly confidential unless disclosure is required under law.
• Students eligible for this exemption who are transferring to another California public college or university must
submit a new request (and documentation if required) to each college under consideration.
• Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempted from the payment of nonresident tuition, but they will
not be classified as California residents. They continue to be “nonresidents.”
• California State Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131) allows for any student who meets AB 540 eligibility criteria to apply
and receive, if eligible, state based financial aid at all California public colleges and universities. State based
financial aid includes the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW), Cal Grants, and Chafee Grants. Students
are also eligible to apply for state categorically funded programs including the Extended Opportunity Programs
and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), and California Work Opportunity
and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs). Program eligibility requirements must be met prior to admittance
and is contingent on program funding.
PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING THIS
EXEMPTION FROM NONRESIDENT TUITION
Print out the AB 540 form or obtain the form from the Admissions Office. Submit the form along with an
official high school transcript and a copy of your high school diploma to the Admissions Office.