Residency for Tuition Purposes

California state law distinguishes between residents and nonresidents for tuition purposes. Students classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes pay an additional fee per unit of nonresident tuition (refer to Tuition and Fees for the current fee schedule).

The state requirements to establish residence for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residence (such as for tax purposes, jury duty, voting or other state or institutional residence). A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the California Education Code (sections 68000-68085, 68120-68134, and 89705-89707.5) and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (sections 41901-41915). Full text of these laws can be accessed online through the California Department of Education

This webpage offers basic information regarding the determination of residency for tuition purposes. Additional information is available in our University Catalog and on the California State University website.