Residency is determined when you apply for admissions to Mesa College and is used for tuition purposes. If you are a nonresident, you will pay nonresident tuition in addition to the enrollment fee and other fees for credit classes. Determine your residency status and explore possible exemptions. Note, the following is a summary of the rules regarding residency determination and are subject to changes.
If you are married or at least 18 years old and under no legal restriction, you may establish residence. Certain minors may also establish residence. The residence determination date is the day immediately preceding the first day of classes for each semester.
To determine your residency status, you will need to demonstrate both your physical presence in California as well as your intent to establish permanent residence in the state. These can be achieved through proof of your engagement in the following activities:
There are several exceptions to the residency rules. They include, but are not
limited, to the following:
Assembly Bill 540 exempts eligible nonresident students from paying nonresident tuition. Students who meet the criteria must file an affidavit with the college stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status. You may be eligible if:
If you are incorrectly classified as a California resident, you are subject to reclassification as a nonresident and required to pay all nonresident tuition. If incorrect classification results from false or misleading facts, you may be excluded from classes or the college upon notification.
You are responsible for requesting a reclassification of your residence status. Financial independence during the current year and preceding two years will be considered at the time you request reclassification. 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. Information regarding requirements for reclassification is available in the Residency Office in Admissions.
To appeal a residency determination decision, you may file a Residency Determination
Appeal form with the college Admissions Supervisor.
For information on how to receive CA resident status, call the Residency office at 619-388- 2688 or email SdMesaResidency@sdccd.edu
Providing false information necessary for establishing residency will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the college.