Residency is determined when a student applies for admission to the College. The following paragraphs summarize the rules and regulations related to student residency for tuition purposes. Details are found in Education Code Section 68090, Title 3, Part 41, Chapter 1.
Every person who is married or is age 18 or older and under no legal restriction may establish residence. Certain minors may also establish residence.
A student's residency status is determined at the time of application. Nonresident students must pay nonresident tuition in addition to the enrollment fee and other fees for credit classes. Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration.
To appeal a residency determination decision, a student may file a Residency Determination Appeal form with the college Admissions Supervisor.
A student incorrectly classified as a California resident is subject to reclassification as a nonresident and payment of all nonresident tuition. If incorrect classification results from false or misleading facts, a student may be excluded from classes or the college upon notification.
Students are cautioned that this summary of rules regarding residency determination is by no means a complete explanation of their meaning or content.
For further information, contact the residency clerk in the Admissions Office. In addition, changes may have been made in the statutes and in the regulations between the time this statement is published and the beginning of the semester.
There are several exceptions to the residency rules. They include, but are not limited, to the following:
Reclassification to resident status must be requested by the student. Financial independence during the current year and preceding two years will be considered at the time the student requests reclassification. Information regarding requirements for reclassification is available in the Residency Office or Admissions Office.
Tuition may not be refunded to a student classified as a nonresident due to lack of documentation if, at a later date, documentation is presented for a previous semester.
Providing false information necessary for establishing residency will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the college.
Contact the Admission Office for more details.