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How to Apply - Residency FAQ


  1. The eligibility criteria for classification as a CA resident for tuition purposes are established by state law and the California Code of Regulations. California State University implements these laws and regulations.
  2. California State University cannot alter or waive the eligibility criteria for any reason.
  3. According to California law, if you have moved to California primarily to attend a California institution of higher learning, then you are not eligible for in-state tuition fees.
  4. Living in California for 12 months is not an automatic qualification for in-state tuition fees.
  5. You must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have moved to California permanently and are not merely living in California temporarily while you attend California State University, however long your course of study may take.
  6. Financial hardship cannot be considered in evaluating California residency for tuition fee purposes eligibility.
  7. Legal ties that you maintain in another state or country (e.g., state tax liability, a driver's license, voter registration, etc.) will disqualify you from residency reclassification, regardless of your reason(s) for maintaining these ties.
  8. Evidence that you are receiving out of state financial support in any way, either directly (e.g., tuition fee payments, parent PLUS loans, etc.) or indirectly (e.g., parent purchased or co-purchased residences, parent controlled financial portfolios), will disqualify you from California residency for tuition fees purposes.
  9. Despite the length of time you attend California State University or live in California, you might not qualify for California residency for tuition fees purposes.
  10. Residency reclassification applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted prior to the beginning of the term for which reclassification is requested.

The term "California resident" for tuition fees purposes may differ from other definitions of California resident. A person who has a California driver's license/vehicle registration or who is a California resident for tax, voting, or welfare purposes may have established residence in the state but will not necessarily be classified or reclassified as a resident for tuition fees purposes.

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