STudent Residency Information
Student Residency Information
Each student at the time of admission or readmission is classified according to his/her legal residence. Residency determination is made as of the day before the first day of the semester applied for. Students that have been classified as a NON-RESIDENT of California for educational purposes are subject to non-resident tuition. Non-resident students pay both the $36 per unit fee and the $176 per unit non-resident tuition. Out of country non-resident students also pay an additional $ 24 surcharge per unit.
Students that intend to become residents of California must fulfill both the Physical Presence and Intent requirements listed below.
The student must be physically present in the State of California for one (1) year prior to the start of the term for which he/she is applying or enrolling for. The one-year period begins when the student is not only present in California but also has demonstrated clear intent to become a permanent resident of California. Students will be required to provide proof of continuous presence in California for the past (12) months. This may be accomplished by providing a rental/lease agreement, utility bills, employment pay stubs, etc. for the past (12) months in the student's name.
Students must clearly verify intent to make California their permanent place of residency by (no one factor is controlling):
Non-resident students that wish to change their status or students that feel they have been classified as non-residents in error will need to apply for re-classification of residency status. To change status, students must complete the Supplemental Residency Questionnaire Form and submit it along with supporting documentation to the Admissions & Records office; incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Supporting documentation consists of three proofs of residency demonstrating physical presence and intent. Two items must be dated at least one year and one day prior to the start of the term for which you are applying for. These items must not be older than two years prior to the start of the term. The third item must show that the student is currently a resident of California.
Examples of acceptable documentation are:
Students that are in the United States with a visa that allows establishment of residency must fulfill the one year physical presence and intent requirements listed above. Students with a visa that precludes establishment of residency, will be charged the California enrollment fee plus non-resident and out-of-country fees. International Student in F-1 visa status must contact the Center for International Student and Programs at Riverside City College to obtain critical admission requirement or go to http://www.rcc-int.us/
California Non-resident Tuition Exemption (The law passed by the Legislature in 2001 as "AB 540")
Any student, other than a nonimmigrant alien, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California (all public colleges and universities in California) if all of the following requirements have been met an AB540 Affidavit is submitted.