Factors Considered to Determine Residency

No one factor determines residency. The following factors are examples of “intent" documentation. They, along with a person's presence in California, are among the factors considered in determining California residency:

    The following are "intent" documentation:

  • California state and federal tax returns with W-2 forms (required)
  • California automobile registration
  • California driver's license and/or California ID card
  • California voter registration
  • Military personnel: Active Duty orders and Military ID

    Two documents will be required to fulfill the intent to be a California resident. All documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. Documents required will be determined by an Admissions Office Residency Clerk. Please call (619) 388-3475 for more information.


    The following are examples of "physical presence" documentation:

  • Bank statements for California account
  • California license for professional practice/membership in California organization
  • Petitioner for divorce in California
  • Utility bills (i.e. San Diego Gas & Electric)
  • Proof of employment (pay stubs)
  • Rental agreement
  • DD-214 form
  • Verification of public assistance

    One document will be required to fulfill the physical presence evidence needed to be determined as a California resident. All documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. Document required will be determined by an Admissions Office Residency Clerk. Please call (619) 388-3475 for more information.

Exception to Residency

Several exceptions to the residency rules apply. They include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Active duty military personnel stationed in California
  • Active military and dependents previously stationed in California, who are currently enrolled, and subsequently receive orders to change their duty station to-out-of-state
  • Dependents, under the age of 19, of active duty military personnel stationed in California
  • Certain minors who remained in California when their parents moved
  • Self-supporting minors
  • Full-time employees of the college or a state agency, or a child or spouse of the full-time employee

Appeals

To appeal a residency determination decision, a student may file a Residency Determination Appeal form with the college Admissions and Records Supervisor.