Residence classification shall be determined for each student at the time of admission; at the time a student re-enrolls after having not been in attendance for more than one semester; and, for Dual Enrollment students, prior to each term. Students will be notified of residence determination within 14 calendar days of submission of application.  

Students may file residency questionnaire for reclassification through the second week of the semester. Final residency determination is made by the Admissions & Registration Office.

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 2023 August 13, 2022 December 15, 2023
Spring 2024 January 15, 2023 May 17, 2024
Summer 2024 June 9, 2023 July 19, 2024
Fall 2024 August 11, 2023 December 13, 2024

Determination of Resident Status

A bona fide (true) resident is a person whose residence is in California as determined above with exceptions as specified in Administrative Procedure 5015.

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.)

Documents and information obtained are confidential.

Right to Appeal

Students who have been classified as nonresidents have the right to a review of their classification. Any student, following a final decision of residence classification by the Admissions & Registration Office may make a written appeal to the Director of Admissions and Registration within 30 calendar days of notification of final decision by the college regarding classification under Administrative Procedure 5015.

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