Student Residency Categories

Residency status is determined by the information provided by the student on the Application for Admissions. Students who do not meet residency requirements will be classified as non-residents for tuition purposes only. “In order to establish a residence, it is necessary that there be a union of act and intent.”

You are a resident if:

  • You intend to make California home for other than temporary purposes.
  • You have lived in California one year and one day prior to the start of the semester and meet eligibility requirements for establishing California residency.
  • You have applied or received your immigrant status one year and a day prior to the start of the semester in addition to the above requirement.

You are a non-resident if the following is less than a year before the first day of term you plan to attend:

  • You have not lived in California one year and one day prior to the start of the semester, even though you are a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant.
  • You have registered and voted in a state other than California.
  • You have petitioned for divorce in a state other than California.
  • You have attended an out-of-state educational Institution as a resident of that state.
  • You have declared non-residence for California State income tax purposes.
  • You have been approved for admission as an International Student (F1).
  • You are in the United States on a temporary visa/non-immigrant status.



AB540 Law: Certain non-residents may be exempted from paying non-resident tuition if they meet the following conditions:

  • Attended a combination of Califorina high school, adult school, and community college for the equivalent of three (3) years or more OR have three (3) or more years of California high school coursework and attended a combination of California elementary, secondary, and high school of three (3) years or more, AND received a California high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a GED or passing the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) OR have completed an Associate's Degree from a California Community College OR have completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to a State University or the University of CA.
  • This law does not apply to non-immigrant students such as F, H, or J, visa holders
  • This law does not change or grant residency status; it exempts students from non-resident tuition.
  • There is no time limit on how far in the past the student might have attended and graduated from a California high school.
  • If qualified, students must complete and submit the “California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request” AB540 form to be exempted from non-resident tuition. The form is available in the Admissions and Records Office or at the College website: You may submit the AB540 form by fax (650) 306-3113, by mail, or in-person to the Admissions and Records Office.

The students who meet the exemption requirements may be eligible for any state-funded programs awards such as Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), or California College Promise Grant (CCPG).  U.S. Citizens or legal residents may qualify for federal aid.

The information submitted to the College will remain confidential.