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Residency - California Residence Requirements

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In accordance with the California Education Code, upon your admission to Cabrillo, we will classify you as a resident or nonresident of California. This affects how much you pay per unit.

We will classify you as a resident if you:

  • are 19 years of age or older and
  • have resided in California for at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the term and
  • can prove presence and intent by providing us with certain documents

If you are under 19 years of age, we determine your residency based on your parent or legal guardian's residency status.

pdf document See the documents we accept as evidence of residency (98Kb PDF)

pdf document Request to be classified as a California resident document (64Kb PDF)

Request an IRS Tax Transcript


To request a change in status from non-resident to resident, submit a new application for admission in person to Admissions and Records at the Aptos Campus or Watsonville Center the semester before your status changes. Remember to bring along the supporting documents for verification.

Note: Your residency classification will not be changed automatically, you must request it. We cannot process a retroactive change of status.

If you are not a United States citizen, or permanent resident, or on a visa that allows you to establish California residency, then --in addition to the documents we accept as evidence of residency-- you must provide verification that you have applied for residency with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the term.

Special Exemptions for non-resident tuition.

Education Code section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tuition fee exemption to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SJV) holders and refugee students who settled in California upon entering the United States. This exemption is granted for one year from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States. This exemption applies to the following:

  • Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L. No. 110-181, § 1244)
  • Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L. No. 109- 163, § 1059)
  • Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government or in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (Pub.L. No. 111-8, § 602)
  • Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code

For information containing all the gritty details, see pdf document Residency Regulations and Requirements (98Kb PDF)

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