What is the importance of residence determination?
The laws of California require every student attending a California State University to be classified as either a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes.  The residence classification is important because nonresident students pay an additional $372.00 per unit each semester.  Students have the ultimate burden of proving their residence status.

The general rule is that a legally capable of establishing residency must have have established and maintained permanent residence in California for at least one year immediately preceding the residence determination date in order to qualify as a resident student for tuition purposes.  A residence determination date is set for each academic term and is the date from which residence is determined for that term.

  • Residence Determination Dates:
    • September 20 for fall semester
    • January 25 for spring semester

How do I qualify for resident status as an adult student?
Applicants 19 years of age or older by the residence determination date are considered adults for residency purposes. To be eligible for resident status adult students must maintain a physical presence in California, show intent to make California his or her permanent home, and be a US Citizen or be granted and maintain an allowable immigration status for one year prior to September 20 for the fall semester, and one year prior to January 25 for the spring semester.

 Evidence of intent to make California one’s permanent home may include, but is not limited to:

  • California voter registration and voting in California elections.
  • California driver's license.
  • California automobile registration.
  • California State income tax obligations on total income.
  • Ownership of residential property or continuous occupancy or renting of an apartment on a lease basis where your personal belongings are kept.
  • Active savings and/or checking accounts in a California bank.
  • Immigration status with legal capacity to establish California residency.
  • Maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.
  • Military leave and earning statements showing California as legal residence.

How do I qualify for resident status as a minor student?
Applicants younger than 19 years of age by the residence determination date generally derive legal residence from the parent with whom the minor maintains or last maintained his or her place of abode. Minor students must report parental information, as well as their own, to verify California residence. 

How do I qualify for an exception/exemption from non-resident tuition?
If you are a teacher, military service member, CSU staff member, or dependent child of a California resident you may be exempt from paying non-resident tuition. Contact Enrollment Services for more information.

If you have completed three years (or equivalent of three years) of high school study in California and graduated from a California high school, you may qualify for the exemption created by the laws, AB540 and AB2000.  Those who believe they meet the requirements after reading the General Information (PDF, 150KB), need to submit the California Tuition Exemption Request form(PDF, 150KB), CSU Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 154KB) , and official high school transcript.  
What should I do if I think my residence status is incorrect?
Complete and submit a CSU Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 154KB) and supporting documents for review. Physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in California a year prior to the residence determination date will be reviewed for students legally capable of establishing residency.  Please read the Request for a Residence Classification Review (PDF, 25KB) for New Students and follow steps 1-6.  If you have questions, please contact Enrollment Management.

How can I get my resident status reclassified?

Currently enrolled, nonresident students seeking reclassification are required to complete the CSU Residence Reclassification Request  (PDF, 169KB) form, including questions concerning their financial dependence, which will be considered along with physical presence and intent in determining reclassification.  Contact Enrollment Management for more information.

Where can I submit my forms and supporting documentation?

Documents can be mailed or delivered to:**

CSU Channel Islands
Enrollment Management
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

** Please note: Faxed or scanned documents will not be accepted.

Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition are subject to reclassification as nonresidents and payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student is subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. 

How can I appeal my residence classification?

Following a final campus decision on his/her residence classification, and within 120 days of notification, a person may appeal in writing to:

The California State University
General Counsel office
401 Golden Shore, Fourth Floor
4th Floor
Long Beach, California 90802-4210

General Counsel's office can either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review. 

What if my residence status changes?

Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify Enrollment Services.

Where can I go for further information?
Please see the University Catalog and the CSU Residency website to learn more about the determination of residence status.

For more information about the laws governing residence for tuition purposes, please refer to California Education Code—sections 6800-68090, 68120-68134, 89705-89707.5—and in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, sections 41900-41916.

This summation is by no means a complete explanation of all the rules governing the establishment of California residency.