Any person enrolling at Cuesta College in credit courses is subject to residency classification as outlined by California Education Code, Section 68040, 68086, and 76140; Title 5 Sections 54000 et seq.

Residence classification shall be made for each student at the time applications for admissions are accepted or registration occurs and whenever a student has not been in attendance for more than one semester.  A student previously classified as a nonresident may be reclassified as of any residence determination date.  Students are notified of residence determination within 14 calendar days of submission of application.  

All students are assessed an enrollment fee at the time of registration and an additional nonresident tuition is assessed to nonresident students.  The enrollment fee and nonresident fee is charged per credit, per semester/session.  

⇒ Cost of Attendance

Definition of Residency Classifications:

Residence Determination Date

The residence determination date is that day immediately preceding the opening day of instruction for any session during which the student plans to attend.  

Fall 2020 August 16, 2019 August 31, 2020
Spring 2021 January 18, 2020 February 1, 2021
Summer 2021 June 13, 2020 June 28, 2021
Fall 2021 August 15, 2020 August 30, 2021

Reclassification to California Resident

A student may request residence reclassification if capable of establishing residence in California with objective evidence that physical presence is met as of the Residence Determination Date with intent to make California their home for other than a temporary purpose.   Submit a Statement of Legal Residence, with supporting documentation, on or prior to the Residence Reclassification Deadline for the term residency reclassification is requested.

Supporting documentation dated prior to Residence Determination date for term applying for residency :

  • Ownership of residential property or continuous occupancy of rented or leased property in California. (Example: Rental or lease agreement.)
  • Registering to vote, and voting in California. (Example: Voter’s registration.)
  • License from California for professional practice.
  • Active resident membership in service or social clubs. (Example: California Lions, or Rotary club member.)
  • Showing California as home address on federal income tax forms. (Example: W-2, 540, 1040)
  • Payment of California state income tax as a resident.
  • Establishing and maintaining active California bank accounts. (Example: Bank Statements)
  • Possessing California motor vehicle license plates. Payment of a vehicle license fee is not required of nonresident military personnel. (An exemption may be filed.)
  • Possessing California driver's license or a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID card. 
  • Being the petitioner for a divorce in California. (Example: Divorce petition.)

Nonresident Tuition Exemption Provisions

A student may qualify for exemption of nonresident tuition under certain special provisions.  

 Falsification, withholding pertinent data, or failure to report changes in residency may result in District action.