Any person enrolling at Cuesta College in credit or non-credit courses is subject to residency classification as outlined by California Education Code, Section 68000 et seq., 68130.5 and 68075.7.   Students shall be classified at the time of each application for admission or registration as a resident or nonresident student.   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.  

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Resident Student

A resident is any person who has been a bonafide resident of California for at least one year on the residence determination date. 

Nonresident Student

A student who has not resided in the state for more than one year immediately preceding the residence determination date is a nonresident.

International (Foreign) Student

An international student is a cItizen of a foreign country, or a resident of a foreign country, or both.  An International student is eligible for a non-immigrant F-1 Visa by completing the International Student Application process.  International students are required to pay nonresident tuition in addition to the enrollment fees.

 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 2019 August 11, 2018 August 26, 2019
Spring 2020 January 20, 2019 February 3, 2020
Summer 2020 June 14, 2019 June 29, 2020
Fall 2020 August 16, 2019 August 31, 2020

Residency Reclassification

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.

Nonresident Tuition Exemption Provisions

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

AB540 (Assembly Bill 540): California Nonresident Tuition Exemption 

To be eligible, the student must have attended a California high school, or high school equivalent, for a minimum of three years and earned a California high school diploma, or equivalent.   See requirements and information on how to apply.

Military Members and Dependents

Members of the Armed Forces of the United States are eligible for in-state tuition or nonresident tuition exemption in accordance with California Education, Section 66074, 68075. et seq, and AB 81 (VACA Act).  Armed Forces of the United States means Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the reserve components of each of these forces, the California Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve, and the California Naval Militia. 
Select the link below for the status that applies to you:

Other provisions eligible for nonresident exemption:

  • Full-time credentialed employee of a California public school enrolling in college for purposes of fulfilling credential-related requirements;
  • Seasonal agricultural worker for at least a total of two months of each of the past two years;
  • Full-time employee, or spouse, or dependent of a full-time employee of any of the following college/universities: California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California, or Maritime Academy;
  • Applicants under the age of 19, who have lived under the direct care and control of an adult, other than a parent for two years immediately preceding the resident determination date; and such adult has for the year immediately preceding the residence determination date, had California residence.
  • Applicants who are dependent or ward of the State through California's child welfare system.
  • Active members of the military, including dependent children and or spouse, who are present in California under military orders, except those assigned to California for educational purposes are exempt from nonresident tuition for the duration of their enrollment.
  • Education Code section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tution fee exemption to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and refugee students who settled in California upon entering the United States. This exemption is granted for one year from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States.

    The exemption applies to the following:
    • Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L. No. 110-181, §1244)
    • Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L. No. 109-163, §1059)
    • Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government or in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (Pub.L. No. 111-8, §602)
    • Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.

Complete a Statement of Legal Residence form and attach supporting documentation to verify eligibility.  

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