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Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency

California state law distinguishes between residents and non-residents for tuition purposes. If students are determined non-residents for tuition purposes, they will incur additional fees per unit.

Important Residency Dates and Deadlines

Semester Residence Determination Dates* Residency Form Submission Deadline

Fall

September 20

September 1 (current year)

Spring

January 25

January 15 (current year)

Summer

June 1

May 15 (current year)

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* The Residence Determination Date is a date in which supporting documents and physical presence must be met for the previous year. This means that students must be physically present and show the intent of making California their permanent home a year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date.

The determination of residency for tuition purposes affects whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition fees. Out-of-state tuition fees are higher than in-state tuition fees. Just because a student is or has been a resident of the State of California does not mean that he or she qualifies to receive the in-state tuition rate. Certain requirements, established under California law, must be met. The provisions for California residency for tuition purposes at the California State University (CSU) differ from other provisions of California residency. Additionally, the provisions for residency at the CSU differ from those at the University of California and the California Community Colleges.

A student attending a CSU as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student must have the legal capacity to establish residency in the State of California. If the student is under the age of 19 (with limited exceptions), the student’s residence status is derived from that of the parent or legal guardian. In this case, the parent or legal guardian must have the legal capacity to establish residency in California.

Generally speaking, to be eligible for classification as a California resident for tuition purposes, the student or if the student is a minor, the parent/guardian must provide verification that these requirements are satisfied:

  1. Physical Presence. The student or parent/guardian must be physically present in California immediately one year prior to the Residence Determination Date in which enrollment is contemplated. For example, if a student plans to attend the CSU for the Fall 2019 academic term, and the Residence Determination Date for that term is September 20, 2019, the student must establish physical presence in California no later than September 20, 2018.
  2. Intent. The student or parent/guardian must demonstrate intent to remain indefinitely in the state for more than one year immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date and sever all residential ties with the former state or country of residence. Additionally, there must be sufficient documentation to demonstrate that intent was established more than one year (a minimum of one year and one day) prior to the Residence Determination Date.Some examples of documents the CSU considers when evaluating intent include:
  • Registering to vote and voting in California
  • Registering a motor vehicle owned or operated in California
  • Obtaining a California driver's license or ID card
  • Filing a resident or nonresident state personal California income tax return
  • Listing a California address on a federal income tax return
  • Listing a permanent military address or home of record in California
  • Licensing from California for professional practice (e.g., nursing, teaching credentials)
  • Maintaining active resident memberships in California based professional organizations (e.g., police union, teachers’ union)
  • Maintaining an active bank account at a California bank

A student classified as a nonresident for a prior term may seek reclassification in any subsequent term; however, reclassification requires that, in addition to satisfying the requirements of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the state, the student must also satisfy the requirement of financial independence as outlined in Title 5 CCR § 41905.5. To do so, the student must contact the appropriate person in the campus Admissions Office and complete the approved Residence Questionnaire Form and provide supporting documents.

41905.5. Residence Reclassification - Financial Independence Requirement

  • Any nonresident student requesting reclassification to resident for tuition purposes must demonstrate financial independence
  • Student has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application
  • Student has not and will not receive more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per year in financial assistance from his/her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application
  • Student has not lived and will not live for more than six weeks in the home of his/her parent during the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application

Note: Students who receive a government scholarship and/or financial assistance should be viewed the same as state and federal financial aid, and athletics grants-is-aid; and should not be counted as parental support.

Effective Fall 2020 academic term, if the student meets at least one of the following criteria, the student does not have to meet the financial independence requirement.  Student must provide the campus admissions office supporting documents (e.g. state income tax returns, court documents, marriage certificate, military order form) that demonstrate they meet the criteria.

  • Dependent on a parent who has California residence for more than one year immediately preceding the residence determination date;
  • Enrolled in a graduate or post‐baccalaureate program, regardless of age;
  • Turned 24 years of age by the residence determination date;
  • Married or registered domestic partner as of the residence determination date;
  • Active duty members serving in the U.S Armed Forces
  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Legal dependent other than spouse or registered domestic partner
  • Former ward of the court, foster youth or both parents are deceased
  • Declared by a court to be an emancipated minor
  • Unaccompanied youth who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Students financially dependent on nonresident parents are not eligible for reclassification. As with the initial residence classification, the campus must review the information presented by the student in connection with any subsequent reclassification request and notify the student of its decision. If reclassification is denied, the student has the right to appeal if they meet the criteria for appeals.

For more information on residency policies, visit the California State University Chancellor's Office – Classification for Detemining Residency

 

The Residence Determination Date is a date in which supporting documents and physical presence must be met for the previous year.  This means that students must be physically present and show the intent of making California their permanent home a year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date. For example, if a student plans to attend the CSU for Fall 2020 academic term, and the Residence Determination Date for that term is September 20, 2020, the student must establish physical presence in California no later than September 19, 2019.

To view CSU exceptions and exemptions, click here.

To file a residency appeal, visit the CSU Chancellor's Office.

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California State University Chancellor's Office-Residency

To contact a residency specialist, please email residency@cpp.edu.

Important: Residency documents are not accepted via email, please attach all documents using the online form.