Legal Requirement - California state law requires that each student enrolled in or applying for admission to a California community college provide such information and evidence as deemed necessary by the Governing Board to determine his/her residence classification. Residency classifications are:
- 1. A legal resident of California.
- 2. A non-resident student who pays the out-of-state fees.
- 3. An international student who has complied with special admission procedures.
Rules on Residency - Adults 19 Years of Age and Older-A student 19 years of age or older may establish California residency if he/she meets the following criteria:
Burden - The burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly physical presence in California, intent to establish California residence, and financial independence.
- 1. Intent to make California the permanent home may be manifested in many ways.
- 2. Objective manifestations of intent to establish California residency include but are not limited to:
One-Year Waiting Period - The one-year residence period which a student must meet to be classified as a resident does not begin until the student is both present in California and has manifested clear intent to become a California resident.
- 1. A person capable of establishing residence in California must be physically present in California for one year prior to the residence determination date to be classified as a resident student.
- 2. Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes does not constitute establishment of California residence regardless of the length of that presence.
Residence - In order to establish a residence, it is necessary that there be a union of act and intent. To establish residence, a person capable of establishing residence in California must couple his or her physical presence in California with objective evidence that the physical presence is with the intent to make California the permanent home.
Residence Determination Date - "Residence determination date" is the day immediately preceding the opening day of instruction of the quarter, semester, or other session as set by the District Governing Board during which the student proposes to attend college.