When is the deadline for submitting documentation?

  • For New and Continuing Students - Spring 2019 Priority Deadline  - October 12, 2018**
    • Final Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • For New and Continuing Students - Fall 2019 Priority Deadline - July 12, 2019**
    • Final Deadline: September 20, 2019

**Those who submit their documents after the priority date above may not have them processed in time for the payment deadline.  Students must meet payment deadlines to avoid disenrollment, and will be responsible for non-resident fees if documentation is not received.

Contact records.registration@csuci.edu for further information. 

Steps for Students

All new students must provide clear copies of documents that support their claim for residency. Minor students must also submit supporting documents for their parent(s). Documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date for the term in which you are seeking residence status for tuition purposes.

  1. Complete a Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 153 KB)
  2. Include at least THREE of the following:
    Current California driver's license or ID card
    Current vehicle registration in California
    Current voter registration for California
    Current Lease agreement or California property tax statement 
    Most recent California tax returns
    Pay stubs, one showing most recent month of California employment, and one from a year prior
    Active California bank account statements for most recent month, and one from a year prior
    Current licensing from the state for professional practice
  3. If you are a citizen of another country, you must also submit paperwork on your current immigration status such as:
    Copy of Permanent Resident Card 
    Copy of Visa or Employment Authorization Card

For continuing students who believe they are eligible for reconsideration for their residency status for CSU tuition fees purposes, they must provide all items listed above as well as demonstrate financial independence:

  1. Education Code section 68044 mandates that any student who has been claimed as a dependent on anyone’s income tax return within the past 3 years, who has accepted more than $750 in financial support in any form, or lived with a parent during the past 3 years shall not be considered financially independent and therefore, cannot meet the core requirement of demonstrated financial independence necessary to qualify for reclassification from nonresident to resident. 

    Submit completed form and all supporting documents together. 
    Documents can be mailed or delivered to

    CSU Channel Islands
    Registrar's Office – Sage Hall 1020
    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    (no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

Steps for CSU California Tuition Exemption Eligible Students

For eligible students requesting consideration for the nonresident tuition exemption as provided by Education Code 68130.5, as amended, commonly known as AB 540:

  1. Complete a Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 153 KB)
  2. Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  3. Submit transcripts
    1. Final, official California high school transcript showing diploma as awarded, if you have not done so already
    2. Final official California community college transcripts, if you have not done so already
  4. Submit completed form and all supporting documents together. 
    Documents can be mailed or delivered to
    CSU Channel Islands
    Registrar's Office – Sage Hall 1020
    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    (no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

Residency FAQs

What is residency?

California residency for tuition purposes eligibility criteria are established by state law and the California Code of Regulations.  The California State University system implements these laws and regulations.  Every student attending a California State University must be classified as either a California resident, or as a nonresident, for tuition purposes.  This classification is important because nonresident students pay an additional amount per unit each semester.

Generally, to be eligible for California resident classification, a person must be able to establish or verify the following, prior to the Residence Determination Date:

  • The legal right to establish California residency
  • Maintain a physical presence and permanent residence in California for one calendar year
  • Demonstrate the intent to make California their permanent home
  • Residence Determination Dates:
    • Fall Terms - September 20th
      • Must establish California residency by September 19th of the prior calendar year to qualify for resident tuition
    • Spring Terms - January 25th
      • Must establish California residency by January 24th of the prior calendar year to qualify for resident tuition 
    • Summer Terms - June 1st
      • Must establish California residency by May 31st of the prior calendar year to qualify for resident tuition 

The term "California resident" for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of California residency.  A person who has a California driver 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.

Regulations were established not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student should pay University fees on an in-state or out-of-state basis.  The University cannot alter or waive the eligibility criteria for any reason.

The laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68090, 68120-68134, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900-41916. This material can be viewed on the internet by accessing the California State University's website at www.calstate.edu/sas/residency.

I am 19 years old, or older.  How do I qualify for California residency?
Students 19 years of age or older by the Residence Determination Date are considered adults for residency purposes.  To be eligible for California resident status, adult students must:

  • Be a US Citizen, or be granted and maintain an allowable immigration status for one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date
  • Maintain a physical presence in California for one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date
  • Demonstrate evidence of intent to make California your permanent home

Evidence of intent (supporting documentation) to make California one’s permanent home may include, but is not limited to^ (please submit at least three items):

  • California driver license or ID Card
  • California automobile registration
  • California voter registration
  • California State income taxes
  • Rental lease agreement or property tax statement
  • Active savings and/or checking accounts in a California bank
  • Licensing from California for professional practice
  • Membership in a California professional organization
  • Maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California
  • Military leave and earning statements showing California as legal residence
  • Immigration status with legal capacity to establish California residency
    • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other immigrants; or someone in non-immigrant status who is not precluded from establishing a domicile in the U.S., may establish residence for tuition purposes in California

^At least one supporting document submitted must show a date that is one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date.

A married person will establish his or her residency independent of his or her spouse.

I am less than 19 years old.  How do I qualify for California residency?
Minor, unmarried students derive their legal residency from the parent with whom the minor maintains, or last maintained, his or her place of residence.  

The residence of a minor cannot be changed by:

  • The minor's own act, by the appointment of a legal guardian
  • The relinquishment of a parent's right of control as long as the minor's parents are still living

The parent must be a California resident, as established by the California Education Code, for at least one year and one day immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date for the minor to qualify for California residency.  Supporting documentation must be submitted for both the parent and the student.

Evidence of intent (supporting documentation) to make California one’s permanent home may include, but is not limited to^ (please submit at least three items):

  • California driver license or ID Card
  • California automobile registration
  • California voter registration
  • California State income taxes
  • Rental lease agreement or property tax statement
  • Active savings and/or checking accounts in a California bank
  • Licensing from California for professional practice
  • Membership in a California professional organization
  • Maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California
  • Military leave and earning statements showing California as legal residence
  • Immigration status with legal capacity to establish California residency
    • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other immigrants; or someone in non-immigrant status who is not precluded from establishing a domicile in the U.S., may establish residence for tuition purposes in California

^At least one supporting document submitted must show a date that is one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date.

Minor students must report their own information, as well as their parent’s information, to verify California residence. 

Are exceptions available to active military personnel, recently discharged military personnel, or their dependents?
Active-duty military and their dependents, as well as veterans and their dependents, may qualify for a non-resident tuition exemption.

  • Exemption only; does not establish California residency.
  • A member of the US Armed Forces who meets one of the following criteria may be exempt from paying non-resident tuition:
    • On active duty and stationed in California
      • Submit a copy of their military orders, or letter from unit commander, showing they are stationed in California
    • On Active Guard and Reserve Duty stationed in California
      • Submit a copy of their military orders, or letter from unit commander, showing they are stationed in California
  • A veteran who meets all of the following criteria may be exempt from paying non-resident tuition:
    • The veteran was stationed in California on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged
    • Submit a copy of their military orders, or letter from unit commander, showing when they were stationed in California
    • Submit a copy of their DD-214
      • Showing sections 12a and 12b
      • If dishonorably discharged, the veteran will not eligible for this exemption
    • Submit a statement declaring their intent to establish residency
  • A veteran, eligible for Ch. 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) or Ch. 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) may receive the in-state tuition exemption if they:
    • Live in California
      • Proof must be provided if all courses are attended online
    • Submit a copy of their DD-214
      • Showing sections 12a and 12b
      • Dishonorably discharged veterans are not eligible for this exemption
    • Submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (do not need to be utilizing the benefit)
    • Enroll in college within three years of discharge from active duty
    • Had a period of active duty service of 90 days or more
  • Dependents of active duty military may receive the in-state tuition exemption if:
    • Submit a copy of their military member's orders, or letter from unit commander, showing when they were stationed in California
    • Statement from the student that they are a dependent and were claimed for federal income taxes
      • Copy of taxes for verification
  • Dependents of a veteran, eligible for Ch. 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), may receive in-state exemption if they:
    • Live in California
      • Proof must be provided if all courses are attended online
    • Submit a copy of the veteran's DD-214
      • Showing sections 12a and 12b
      • Dependents of dishonorably discharged veterans are not eligible for this exemption
    • Submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (do not need to be utilizing the benefit)
    • Enroll in college within three years of the veteran's discharge from active duty
      • Veteran must have had a period of active duty service of 90 days or more 
  • California code does not provide a non-resident tuition fee exemption to service members in the following categories:
    • Active duty personnel who are on temporary duty in the state
    • National Guard and Reserve members who are not serving in an Active Guard and Reserve duty status
    • California state military reserve members
    • Service members on military orders specifically to attend a state-supported institution of higher education

What is reclassification?
A student classified as a nonresident for a prior term may seek reclassification in any subsequent term; 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.

What is financial independence?
This requirement does not apply to incoming students.  However, financial independence is a requirement for students who entered CSU Channel Islands as a nonresident student in a previous term and wish to reclassify to California resident for tuition purposes in a subsequent term.  In such cases, the University must consider whether the student is financially dependent on their parent(s), as defined in the California Education Code, section 68044.  Students must provide documentation that proves their financial independence from their parents, both in the current year, and in the prior three years. A student shall be considered financially independent for purposes of this section if the applicant meets all of the following requirements:

    1. Has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his or her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
    2. Has not and will not receive more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per year in financial assistance from his or her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
    3. Has not and will not live with parents for more than 6 weeks per calendar year in the current calendar year nor in any of the previous three calendar years.

This is a non-negotiable requirement for reclassification requests, applicable to students in their second term with the University, or after.

Can my residency status change?
Students incorrectly classified as California residents or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition by the University are subject to reclassification to nonresident status 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. 

Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Registrar's Office.

What should I do if I think my residence status is incorrect?
Following a final campus decision on his/her residence classification, and within 30 days of notification, a person may submit an appeal online:

The California State University - Filing a Residency Appeal

Students have the ultimate burden of proving their residence status.

Where can I submit my forms and supporting documentation?

Documents can be mailed or delivered to
CSU Channel Islands
Registrar's Office – Sage Hall 1020
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
(no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

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.

The California State University website has information regarding resources for undocumented students.

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.

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