A California resident would not have taken similar actions in another state. In addition, the student must be eligible to establish California residency. In order to be eligible, you must be a United States (U.S.) citizen or hold a U.S. Immigration status that does not preclude you from establishing residency.
Students with questions may contact the Admissions and Records Office in person or by phone at (530) 541-4660, ext. 211. The burden of proof is the student's responsibility in the residency determination process. Students who fail to provide complete residency information will be classified as non-residents.
Changing Your Residency Status
CALIFORNIA NONRESIDENT TUITION EXEMPTION
Any student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California (all public colleges and universities in California).
Students who are nonimmigrants [for example, those who hold F (student) visas, B (visitor) visas, etc.] are not eligible for this exemption.
The student must file an exemption request including a signed affidavit with the college that indicates the student has met all applicable conditions described above. Student information obtained in this process is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required under law.
Students eligible for this exemption who are transferring to another California public college or university must submit a new request (and documentation if required) to each college under consideration.
Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempted from the payment of nonresident tuition, but they will not be classified as California residents. They continue to be "nonresidents".
If you think you may qualify for the tuition exemption, you may complete the AB540 exemption request form at the Admissions & Records office or download the form from our Forms page.