When is the deadline for submitting documentation?

  • For New and Continuing Students - Spring 2018  - February 16, 2018 by 5PM
  • For New and Continuing Students - Fall 2018 - July 13, 2018 by 5PM**

**Students may submit residency documents after this deadline, through the end of the fourth week of the fall term.  However, students must meet payment deadlines to avoid disenrollment, and will be responsible for non-resident fees if documentation is not received.  Any new documentation received after the fourth week will not be processed for the fall term.  Contact records.registration@csuci.edu for further information. 

About Residency Classification

The laws of California require every student attending a California State University to 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
  • Residence Determination Dates:
    • Fall Admissions - Must establish California residency by September 20th of the prior calendar year to qualify for resident tuition
    • Spring Admissions - Must establish California residency by January 25th of the prior calendar year to qualify for resident tuition 

Steps for New (Incoming) Students

All new, incoming 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
  4. Submit completed form and all supporting documents together.
    Documents can be mailed or delivered to

    CSU Channel Islands
    Records and Registration – Sage Hall 1020
    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    (no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

Steps for AB-540/AB-2000 Eligible Students

For eligible California high school graduates requesting consideration for the non-resident tuition exemption as provided by AB-540/AB-2000:

  1. Complete a Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 153 KB)
  2. Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  3. Submit final, official high school transcripts.
  4. Submit completed form and all supporting documents together. 
    Documents can be mailed or delivered to
    CSU Channel Islands
    Records and Registration – Sage Hall 1020
    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    (no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

Steps for Current Students

For non-California resident students already attending the University who believe they are eligible for reconsideration for their residency status for CSU tuition fees purposes:

Provide clear copies of documents that support your claim for California 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, 169 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 additionally submit paperwork on your current immigration status such as:
    Copy of Permanent Resident Card 
    Copy of Visa or Employment Authorization Card
  4. Submit completed form and all supporting documents together. 
    Documents can be mailed or delivered to

    CSU Channel Islands
    Records and Registration – Sage Hall 1020
    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    (no Faxed documents will be accepted) 

Residency FAQs

What is residency?
Residency determines if students will pay California resident or non-resident tuition and fees.  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.

A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements.  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.

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. 

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 prior to the Residence Determination Date
  • Maintain a physical presence in California for one year prior to the Residence Determination Date
  • Demonstrate intent to make California his or her permanent home

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

  • California driver's 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

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 immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date for the minor to qualify for California residency.  Supporting documentation must be submitted.

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

What is AB540/AB2000?
If you have completed three years (or the equivalent of three years) of high school study in California and graduated from a California high school (or obtained your GED), you may qualify for a tuition exemption created by the laws AB540 and AB2000.  Those who believe they meet the requirements need to submit the California Tuition Exemption Request (PDF, 1.7 MB) form, CSU Residence Questionnaire (PDF, 153 KB), and final, official high school transcript.  
 
Exemption requests will not be considered until after we receive official high school transcripts showing a graduation date.

More information about AB540/AB2000 may be found at http://ab540.com/   

Do I qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition (other than AB540/AB2000)?
Teachers, military service members, or CSU staff members may be exempt from paying non-resident tuition.

Please contact Enrollment Management at 805-437-8500 for information.

What is financial independence?
The California Education Code (section 68044) mandates that any student who has been claimed as a dependent on anyone’s income tax return, who has accepted more than $750 in financial support in any form, or has lived with a parent during the current year or within the past three years shall not be considered financially independent and, therefore, will not be qualified as a California resident for tuition purposes.

This is a non-negotiable requirement for Residence Reclassification Requests.

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 Enrollment Management.

What should I do if I think my residence status is incorrect?
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
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
http://www.calstate.edu/gc/contact_info.shtml

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

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
Records and Registration – 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.

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.