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Residency is determined when a student applies for admission to the college. The following paragraphs summarize the rules and regulations related to student residency for tuition purposes. Details are found in the CA Education Code, section 68000 and Title 5, sections 54000-54072.

Limitations of Residency Rules

Students are cautioned that this summary of rules regarding residency determination is by no means a complete explanation of their meaning or content. For further information, contact the Admissions Office regarding residency.

Residency Status


Every person who is married or is age 18 or older and under no legal restriction may establish residence. Certain minors may also establish residence. A California “resident” is a person who has resided in the state for more than one year prior to the residence determination date and shows “intent” to make the State of California their permanent residence.

Restrictions also apply to some visas, please see the Admissions Office regarding residency. 

The residence determination date is the day immediately preceding the first day of classes for each semester.

Incorrect Classification

A student incorrectly classified as a California resident is subject to reclassification as a nonresident and payment of all nonresident tuition. If incorrect classification results from false or misleading facts, a student may be excluded from classes or the college upon notification.


Reclassification to resident status must be requested by the student. Financial independence during the current year and preceding two years will be considered at the time the student requests reclassification. Information regarding requirements for reclassification is available in the Admissions Office.

Tuition will not be refunded to a student classified as a nonresident due to lack of documentation if at a later date, documentation is presented for a previous semester.

For assistance with your residency please visit A-241 or call (619)388-3965. 

Residency office hours:

Monday-Tuesday 8:00am-6:00pm

Wednesday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday 8:00am-2:00pm.

Para asistencia en 
español, por favor llame (619) 388-3732 durante las horas de 10:30am-5:00pm Lunes-Jueves, 8:00am-2:00pm Viernes.