DETERMINATION OF RESIDENCY FOR CSU TUITION PURPOSES

Residency determination qualifies students for resident and non-resident/ international tuition and fees. California State University Dominguez Hills’ requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency.

These regulations were promulgated 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.

Each CSU Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student.

A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification will be classified as a non-resident. 

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

A Residence Determination Date is set for each academic term and is part of the residency determination process. The Residence Determination Dates for each term are as follows:

 

For submission of a residency request and further instructions, please click the link below:

Residency Forms & Instructions

 

Semester

Residence Determination Date

Fall

September 20th

Spring

January 25th

Summer

June 1st

 

Adult Students
Adult students (students who are 19 years old by the Residence Determination Date for the semester to which he/she is applying) will have to establish their own residency for tuition purposes in California if they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or other immigrant; or someone in non-immigrant status who is not precluded from establishing a domicile in the U.S. The student must establish clear evidence of his/her intent to abandon the derived residence of their out-of-state parent(s) and adopt a new residence. A married person will establish his or her residency independent of his or her spouse.

Minor Students
Minor unmarried students (students who are less than 19 years old by the Residence Determination Date) derive their legal residency from the natural parent or adoptive parent with whom the minor maintains, or last maintained, his or her place of abode. The residence of a minor cannot be changed by the minor's own act, by the appointment of a legal guardian, or by the relinquishment of a parent's right of control as long as the minor's parents are still living. That 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.

Non-US Citizens
A non-U.S. citizen may establish residency unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing a domicile in the United States.  An unmarried minor derives his or her residence from his or her natural or adoptive parents. A non-U.S. citizen adult may establish his or her own residence based on established guidelines and timelines.

 

Establishing Residency

To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, a student (or parent in the case of a minor), must demonstrate the following one year and one day immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date.

Physical Presence. The student must establish a physical presence in California more than one year and one day immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date of the term for which classification as a resident is requested. Continuous physical presence is not mandatory, but a student who leaves California has the burden of clearly demonstrating their retention of California residence during periods of absence. Failure to do so will result in a determination of non-resident.

Intent. The student must demonstrate through objective documentation that their physical presence was coupled with the intent to make California his or her permanent home. Evidence of intent must be in place one year and one day immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date. Intent is an independent element of residence, and is demonstrated by establishing residential ties in California, and relinquishing ties to the former place of residence. Physical presence within California solely for educational purposes does not constitute establishment of California residence. Proofs of intent must be in place one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date, and can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ownership, leasing, or continuous occupancy of residential property in California.
  • Most current California tax returns.
  • Verification of employment-pay stubs, showing California employment.
  • Registering to vote and voting in California.
  • Registering a motor vehicle owned or operated in California.
  • Obtaining a California driver's license or ID card.
  • Filing a resident or nonresident state personal income tax return.
  • Maintaining an active bank account with a bank with a California branch.
  • Licensing from the state for professional practice.
  • Maintaining active resident memberships in professional organizations.

Financial Independence. In the case of a residency reclassification request, the campus must also consider whether the student is financially dependent on non-resident parents as defined in the California Education Code, section 68044.  This mandates that any student who has been claimed as a dependent on anyone's income tax return within the past three years, who has accepted more than $750 in financial support in any form, or lived with a parent during the past three 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.

Students denied for reclassification will be notified by letter and have the right to appeal to the California State University Chancellor's Office within 120 days of notification. Details will be provided in the letter of denial.  A student's appeal must be in writing and submitted to the CSU Chancellor's Office of General Counsel:

The California State University
Office of General Counsel
401 Gold Shore, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

The burden of proof of residency rests solely with the student. Students from whom additional information is required will be contacted by letter with further instructions.  Students may be asked to provide other documentation to clarify or verify their requests for reclassification. Failure to provide these documents or submit incomplete information, will significantly delay the reclassification process, and may result in a denial of reclassification.

For frequently asked questions, click here.