The Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of Cal State LA applicants and students for CSU tuition purposes. This determination is based on information supplied in the CSU Admission application, the CSU Residence Questionnaire Form, and, as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for CA resident classification will be classified as a nonresident for CSU tuition purposes. Additional information regarding CSU California Residency Determination is available in the University Catalog Appendix B, and on the CSU California Residency for Tuition Purposes webpage.
If you would like the campus to reconsider your initial residence classification, please continue reading below for the next steps.
WHAT IS RESIDENCY FOR CSU TUITION PURPOSES?
- Physical Presence: A student must be physically present in California ONE YEAR PRIOR to the Residence Determination Date (in which enrollment is contemplated).
- Intent: A student must intend to remain in California ONE YEAR PRIOR to the Residence Determination Date.
If you would like the campus to reconsider your initial residence classification, please see Campus Residence Review Request and Deadlines section below.
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CALIFORNIA RESIDENCY FOR CSU TUITION PURPOSES
- California residency for tuition purposes eligibility criteria are established by State Law and the California Code of Regulations. California State University implements these Laws and Regulations, and cannot alter or waive the eligibility criteria for any reason.
- Under 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. 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 Cal State LA, however long your course of study may take.
- Living in California for 12 months is not an automatic qualification for in-state tuition. As part of the residency determination process, lawful residence in California for at least one full year prior to a term’s residence determination date is also considered. See Residence Determination Date section for specific dates.
- Financial hardship cannot be considered in evaluating California residency for tuition purposes eligibility.
- Legal ties that you maintain in another state or country (e.g., state tax liability, a driver’s license, voter’s registration, etc.) will disqualify you from residency reclassification, regardless of your reason(s) for maintaining these ties.
- Evidence that you are receiving financial support in any way, either directly (e.g. tuition 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 purposes.
- Despite the length of time you attend California State University or live in California, you might not qualify for California residency for tuition purposes. The term "California resident" for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of California residency. 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 legal residence in the state but might not necessarily be considered a resident for tuition purposes.
- Residency reclassification applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the residence request deadline for the term in which reclassification is requested.
- If a student does not qualify as a California resident, there are certain exceptions that may allow a student to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes. To qualify for these exceptions, the student must be legally capable of establishing residence in the United States and satisfy the exception requirements.
- If your status is re-classified to resident for CSU tuition purposes, it will be effective beginning with the term for which the reclassification request is received. Reclassifications are not retroactive, and non-resident fees will not be refunded for previous enrollment terms.
RESIDENCE DETERMINATION DATES
Term - Semesters
Winter (if applicable)
CAMPUS RESIDENCE REVIEW REQUEST AND DEADLINES
The following forms are available to applicants and students who may be eligible to have their residency status changed, and must be submitted to the Admissions Office.
- CSU Residence Questionnaire – To correct reported residency information that may affect CSU tuition and fees status, or to request reclassification of current residency status for CSU tuition and fee purposes due to new/updated information. In addition to the form, the applicant should submit:
A government-issued photo identification (or a school photo ID is acceptable for minors who do not have a government issued ID);
Documentation to support US citizenship/immigration status;
Social Security (SSN) Card; and
Any documentation that will support your claim of California residency and/or responses to the questions on the form. The documentation should verify your physical presence in California, for at least one year immediately prior to the desired term's Residence Determination Date (see dates above). Since each individual’s situation is different and unique, we are unable to provide specific examples, or details, as to what documents are needed to prove California residency.
- California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (AB 540) – eligible students who will have at least three years of formal schooling in California high schools, California adult schools, campuses of the California Community Colleges, or a combination of those schools, prior to enrolling at Cal State LA, may request consideration for the non-resident tuition exemption as provided by AB-540. Please submit official copies of CA academic records (e.g., transcripts, proof of attendance, etc.), and if completed a GED, please submit GED certificate. If you are a first-time freshman, and are still in high school, you do not need to submit a high school transcript with the AB-540 form, but please plan to submit a copy of your official, final high school transcript by your admission term's final transcript deadline. For more information about resources for Undocumented Students, please visit the CSU Office of the Chancellor Resources for Undocumented Students webpage.
Be aware: Given the complexity of the residence review process, it may take 4-6 weeks (and possibly longer during peak periods) to complete. Your situation will be carefully reviewed and given thorough consideration. Once a decision is reached, or if additional information is needed, you will be contacted via email at the address listed on GET.
|Term - Semester||Document Deadline - during the term|
|Winter (if applicable)||January 5|
HOW TO SUBMIT CAMPUS RESIDENCE REVIEW REQUESTS
Please submit the CSU Residence Questionnaire (or California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (AB 540)), and original supporting document(s) to the Cal State LA Admissions Office.
Drop off in-person to:
Student Services Center-Admissions Office
Student Affairs Building, Room 101
Short-term metered parking is available near the Student Affairs/Administration Buildings. For more parking information, visit the Visitor Parking webpage.
Completed forms must be submitted with original signatures. They will not be accepted via fax or email.Given the complexity of the residence review process, it may take 4-6 weeks (and possibly longer during peak periods) to complete. Your situation will be carefully reviewed and given thorough consideration. Once a decision is reached, or if additional information is needed, you will be contacted via email at the address listed on GET. If you disagree with the campus decision to your residency review request, you may file an appeal with the CSU Chancellor's Office. Thank you in advance for your patience and prompt attention to all requests.
TUITION AND NON-RESIDENT FEE PAYMENT OPTIONS
It does take time to process and review submitted residence forms. In the meantime, if you need payment assistance with the term’s tuition and non-resident fees, a special installment payment plan is available to defer non-resident fees until your residency status for CSU tuition purposes is determined. To learn more, or to sign up for this plan, please visit Student Loan Services and Collections Office in ADM 140; this plan is not available online via CASHNet SmartPay.
If you submitted your residence request form directly to the Admissions Office/Sandoval Student Services Center in SA 101, and received a document receipt, please bring this receipt with you when you sign up for the payment plan.
Be aware: If it is determined that you do not qualify for a reclassification to resident status for CSU tuition purposes, the non-resident fees will become immediately due, and must be paid before you may enroll for the next term.
RECLASSIFICATION AFTER FIRST TERM AT CAL STATE LA (continuing students)
A student classified as a nonresident for a prior term may seek reclassification in any subsequent term by submitting the CSU Residence Questionnaire and supporting documents by the new term's request deadline; however, reclassification requires that, in addition to satisfying the requirements of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the state, the student must also satisfy the requirement of financial independence as outlined in Title 5 CCR § 41905.5.
- 41905.5. Residence Reclassification - Financial Independence Requirement.
Any nonresident student requesting reclassification to resident for tuition purposes must demonstrate financial independence. A student shall be considered financially independent if s/he has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application; has not and will not receive more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per year in financial assistance from his/her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application, and; has not lived and will not live for more than six weeks in the home of his/her parent during the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Cal State LA Admissions Office. Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.