California Residency and the Dream Act
Legal California Residents
To qualify as a California resident you must verify physical presence in California
and intent to become a resident one year prior to the day before classes begin for
a new term. The one-year period begins when you are not only present in California,
but also have demonstrated clear intent to become a resident of California. Not to be
precluded from establishing residency by provisions of the Immigration and Nationality
Act (Title 5, 54020 and 54028).
The burden of proof is on the student to verify both physical presence in California
and intent to make California your residence. No single document is controlling or
Students may be required to complete a Supplemental Residency Questionnaire to clarify residency or apply for a residency reclassification. Residency changes
are not automatic. Residency will not be changed once the semester has begun.
Final determination of residency will be made by the college at the time of admission
or readmission evidence will be required to prove physical presence in California
and intent to make California the legal residence residence determination shall be
made as of the day before the first day of the semester of application All documents
must be submitted in a timely manner for residency determination.
Starting November 26, 2012, all students will now be required to pay for classes on
the same day they register instead of a three-day window for payment. Read more.
Starting January 1, 2013, AB 540 students may apply for a Board of Governors (BOG)
waiver using a dedicated application available in the Financial Aid Office, on the
Financial Aid website, and in the forthcoming Spring 2013 class schedule. Read more.
Any student other than a non-immigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements,
shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges
(all public colleges and universities in California).
- The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for
three or more years.
- The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent
prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School
- An alien student who is without lawful immigration status must file an affidavit with
the college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize
his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is
eligible to do so.
The Admissions & Records Specialist, Sylvia Romo will be available in AD/SS-100 by
appointment for students inquiring of residency topics.