California Residence for Tuition Purposes

Forms | Residency Filing Deadlines | Residency Information for Tuition Purposes | Frequently Asked Questions


The University of California uses the following information in establishing residence for purposes of tuition and fees:

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Forms

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  • Statement of Legal Residence

    • New undergraduate and graduate students and returning students with an absence of two or more terms must submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). This form is used to determine the fees that will be assessed. Students who do not submit the SLR will be classified as a Nonresident and will be assessed the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 

      Students required to complete the SLR will be prompted on the To Do List in their MyUCSC portal.

  • Continuing students must submit a Petition for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.
  • Application for AB540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption. For more information, go to UCOP-AB540 Frequently Asked Questions.

Self Support Documentation

Students required to provide evidence of financial independence must complete and submit the documentation and self support form that is relevant to the term for which they are seeking a California resident classification. The self support forms are found here.



Residency Filing Deadlines

Filing Periods for New Students to Complete the Online Statement of Legal Residence Form (SLR)

Term

Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Freshman

Transfer UG

Graduates

Fall 2015

When Admitted

May 1, 2015

June 1, 2015

August 1, 2015

Winter 2016

When Admitted

NA

December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Fall 2016 When Admitted May 1, 2016 June, 1 2016 August 1, 2016

Filing Periods for Continuing Students

The dates below are the filing periods for continuing UC Santa Cruz students.  Students must submit Petitions for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.  Petitions received after the deadline will be denied.  No exceptions will be made. 

Term

Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Fall 2015

June 1, 2015

September 23, 2015

Winter 2016

November 1, 2015

January 3, 2016

Spring 2016

February 1, 2016

March 29, 2016

Residency Determination Dates

Term Determination Date
Spring 2015 March 30, 2015
Fall 2015 September 24, 2015
Winter 2016 January 4, 2016
Spring 2016 March 28, 2016
Fall 2016 September 22, 2016

NOTE: Students who have not been classified as of the registration fee deadline are liable for payment of their total assessed registration fees.


Residency Information for Tuition Purposes

The Residence Policy and Guidelines is the main source of residency information and is utilized by the Campus Residence Deputy to make determinations regarding residency. Read the full text of the Residency Policy and Guidelines here.

If you do not meet the University of California requirements for residence for tuition purposes on the residence determination date for each term in which you propose to attend the university, you must pay a Nonresident Supplemental Tuition in addition to all other fees. The residence determination date is the day instruction begins at the last of the University of California campuses to open for the quarter, and for schools on the semester system, the day instruction begins for the semester.



Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions concerning residency can be found here.


Revised: 03/31/15