Determination of Residence for Non-resident Tuition Purposes
The law governing residence for tuition purposes at the California State
University is California Education Code sections 68000-68084, 68120-68134,
and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections
41900-41916. This material can be viewed on the Internet by accessing the
California State Universitys website at www.calstate.edu.
Each campuss Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residence
status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission,
Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary,
other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit
adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification
will be classified as a nonresident.
Generally, establishing California residence for tuition purposes requires
a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. An
adult who, at least one full year prior to the residence determination
date for the term in which enrollment is contemplated, has been both physically
present in the state and has evidence of intent to remain in California
indefinitely, may establish California residence for tuition purposes.
Evidence demonstrating intent can vary from case to case and may include,
but is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state,
California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining
California registration and drivers license, maintaining active California
bank accounts, filing California income tax returns, owning residential
property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings
are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or
social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and
home of record in California.
Adult noncitizens establish residence in the same manner as citizens, unless
precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile
in the United States. Unmarried minor noncitizens derive their residence
in the same manner as unmarried minor citizens except that both parent
and minor must have an immigration status consistent with establishing
domicile in the United States.
Exceptions to the general residence requirements are contained in California
Education Code sections 68070-68120 and Title 5 of the California Code
of Regulations, sections 41900-41916, and include, but are not limited
to, members of the military and their dependents, certain credentialed
employees of school districts and students who have attended high school
in California and graduated or attained the equivalent. Whether an exception
applies to a particular student cannot be determined before the submission
of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting
documentation. Because neither campus nor Chancellors Office staff may
give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged
to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.
Nonresident students seeking reclassification are required to complete
a supplemental questionnaire including questions concerning their financial
dependence, which will be considered along with physical presence and intent
in determining reclassification.
The residence determination dates for CSU, Chico, a semester campus, are
Fall September 20
Spring January 25
The residence determination dates for the four stages on CalStateTEACH
are as follows:
Stage 1 September 20
Stage 2 January 5
Stage 3 June 1
Stage 4 September 20
residence classification appeal must be in writing and submitted to:
The California State University
Office of General Counsel
401 Golden Shore,
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
The appeal must be submitted within 120 days of notification of the final
campus decision. The Office of General Counsel can either decide the appeal
or send the matter back to the campus for further review.
Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an
exception from nonresident tuition are subject to reclassification as nonresidents
and payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification
results from false or concealed facts, the student is subject to discipline
pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria
for an exception must immediately notify the Admissions Office.
Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the
statutes and regulations governing residence for tuition purposes in California
between the time this information is published and the relevant residence
determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations
IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of
1996 (P.L. 104-193), also known as the Welfare Reform Act, includes provisions
to eliminate eligibility for federal and state public benefits for certain
categories of lawful immigrants as well as benefits for all illegal immigrants.
Students who will require a professional or commercial license provided
by a local, state, or federal government agency in order to engage in an
occupation for which the CSU may be training them must meet the immigration
requirements of the new Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation
Act to achieve licensure. Information concerning the regulation is available
from (name of officer, campus address, and phone number).