FAQs for Students: Residency

The following specific questions and answers are based on the assumption that the inquirer is a U.S. citizen or eligible Noncitizen. If you still have questions after reviewing this information, please contact the UCSC Residence Deputy at reg-residency@ucsc.edu.

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 Residence Policy and Guidelines here.

Statement of Legal Residence Form

Q: What is the Statement of Legal Residence? [show]

A: The form used to determine if you will be assessed fees as an in-state student or an out-of-state student is called the Statement of Legal Residence, also known as the online SLR.

Q: Who must complete the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)? [show]

A: New undergraduate and graduate students attending UCSC for the first time, as well as undergraduate and graduate students returning from an absence of two or more quarters.

Q: I am only attending for the summer. Do I need to complete the SLR? [show]

A: No. Students attending only for the summer at UCSC do not need to complete the SLR.

Q: How do I complete the online SLR? [show]

A: Students required to complete the online SLR will be prompted by a request in their To Do List in the MyUCSC Student Center. Instructions will navigate you to the link where you will complete the online SLR.

Q: How do I know if my Statement of Legal Residence has been received by the Registrar’s Office? [show]

A: Upon submitting your online SLR, you will immediately see a confirmation.

Q: How long does it take to make a determination of my resident status? [show]

A: SLR is processed in the order received. During peak times, reviewing your SLR may take 4-6 weeks before you see an update.

Q: How will I be notified if additional documentation is required? [show]

A: If additional documentation is required, you will be notified in your To Do List or through an e-mail sent to your UCSC e-mail account.

Q: How do I submit documents to the Residence Deputy? [show]

A: You may upload your documents at filelocker.ucsc.edu. Follow the instructions for sharing your documents with the Residence Deputy.

Q: What if my parents are divorced or separated? [show]

A: You may be able to derive California status from a California resident parent if you moved to California to live with that parent on or before you 18th birthday. If you move to California after your 18th birthday, you may be eligible for instate tuition as a dependent of a California resident parent through the Condit exemption. You must be able to provide evidence that the California resident parent meets the U.C. residence requirements and that you are his/her dependent. This is typically documented by providing the most recent tax return indicating you have been claimed as a dependent, or by providing a court-ordered child support document.

Q: Who is exempt from the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition? [show]

A: There are several categories of students that can be exempt from payment of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. See Exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

Q: Can I deliver my SLR or Petition in person and have the Residence Deputy review it in front of me? [show]

A: You can meet with the Residence Deputy during drop in hours:

MWF 10-11 a.m.
T TH 2-3 p.m.

Because of the time involved and the high volume of SLR forms and petitions received, the Residence Deputy may not have the time to fully review your form. Your form will be checked for missing information, missing dates, etc.

If you feel your residence situation is unique or would like consideration of a special circumstance, you are strongly urged to explain your situation in a statement attached to your form.

Intent to Make California One’s Home

Q: I am a resident of New York and a member of the U.S. military stationed in California on active duty. Am I exempt from the nonresident tuition? [show]

A: You could be. If you have not been present in California for more than 366 days, you may be entitled to an exemption of the nonresident tuition fee if you meet the requirements of a member of the military..

Q: I am currently a nonresident student at UC Santa Cruz and will be trying to obtain residence status next year. I meet the financial independence requirement and have established ties with California that will be a year old by the time I wish to be a resident. I have a terrific job working in my previous state during summers, holiday vacations, etc. If I return to work there how will this affect my residence petition? [show]

A: If you return to your former place of residence (outside of California), you will be presumed to be in California solely for educational purposes and only strong evidence to the contrary will rebut this presumption. A student who is in the state solely for educational purposes will not be classified as a resident for tuition purposes regardless of the length of his/her own stay.

Q: I am classified as a resident of California at the community college I attend. Does that mean that I will automatically be considered a resident at UC Santa Cruz? [show]

A: No. Students transferring from California Community Colleges or from the California State University system who were classified as residents there may be classified as nonresidents at UC Santa Cruz for various reasons. Most often it is because their parents are residing out of state and the students do not meet the University of California's requirements for financial independence or intent.

Financial Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Q: How are Financial Independence and Self Support Determined? [show]

A: When you claim to be financially independent, for purposes of tuition and fees, you will be asked to show proof that you were not claimed by any other individual and demonstrate your self-sufficiency for the two full years immediately prior to the quarter you are claiming California resident status.

Upon reviewing your Statement of Legal Residence after you are admitted, or when you Petition for a Change of Legal Residence Status as a continuing student, the Residence Deputy at the Office of the Registrar will require you to present a budget indicating how you are/were able to support yourself with the your own funds during the two full years immediately prior to the quarter you are applying for. You will be required to submit verification of your sources of income to demonstrate your self-support for the entire 24 month period.

Q: What is self-support? [show]

A: Self-support is defined as money you have earned through your own employment or loans obtained on your own credit, without a co-signer. Any support you received from others within the two years of required financial independence may result in a Nonresident classification.

Self-support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Employment earnings. Your earnings must be verifiable with copies of W2s

  • Institutional Loans obtained on your own credit, without a co-signer

  • Financial aid loans obtained without a co-signer, and

  • California-based scholarships and grants can be considered your income

Other support is considered any support received from parents, family members or others during the two full years immediately prior to the quarter you are claiming resident status.
Other Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Loan income such as parent-based (PLUS) loans, bank loans made to you with a parent or other adult cosigning, or non-institutional loans made to you

  • Housing, room and board, or work in exchange for housing

  • Other gifts to you from a parent, grandparent, or other family members

Q: How do I prepare to demonstrate my Financial Independence? [show]

A: To verify financial independence (self-support) you need to prepare copies of:

  • Your state and federal income tax returns for the past two tax years (social security numbers redacted)

  • Your parents' returns for at least the past two tax years (social security numbers redacted)

  • You should also prepare documentation of all other sources of income you may have had during the past two tax years and the current year:

  • Copies of current pay stubs

  • W2 copies for the past two tax years

  • Copies of financial aid award letters

  • Copies of promissory notes for loans

  • Trust, savings, investment account documents that show history, ownership and transaction summaries of each account back to your age 14 (Trust Instruments for each trust account)

  • Verification of the origins of all cash, electronic and credit card payments made into your campus student account.

Reclaiming California Residence

Q: I was born in California, but my family moved away a couple of years ago. I am currently attending high school out of state where my family lives, but my parents still own a house in California which they pay property taxes on. Does this qualify me as a resident? [show]

A: No. If you are an unmarried minor (under age 18), the residence of the parent with whom you live will be considered to be your residence. Owning property in California is not enough to qualify you or your parents as California residents for tuition purposes. If your parents were once California residents and they consider their absence to be of a temporary nature, the burden will be on your parents to verify that they did nothing inconsistent with their claim of a continuing California residence during their absence. See temporary absences for information about retaining California residence during absences. In the event your parents are no longer California residents, you will be required to demonstrate financial independence in addition to meeting the current 366-day physical presence requirement as an adult, and intent requirements when seeking resident classification for tuition purposes.

Q: I am a 24 year-old UC graduate student and left California to pursue another degree out of state. While I was in school in California I was considered a resident. Am I still a resident? [show]

A: You could be. Your temporary absence from the state for business, pleasure, or educational purposes will not result in loss of California residence unless during your absence you acted inconsistently with a claim of California residence. In the event you lose your California resident status, you may be eligible for an exemption from nonresident fees; see the Exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

Q: I am a 17-year-old senior in a California high school. My family moved to California from another country ten years ago when we were granted permanent residence status. Two years ago, my parents moved back to our former country to live and work there, leaving me and my older brothers in California. My brothers and I are financially dependent on our parents. My parents own the home we live in and pay Los Angeles County property taxes. Will I be a resident for tuition purposes? [show]

A: No, since you are a minor and your parents are no longer California residents. If you have a parent living, you cannot change your residence by your own act, by the appointment of a legal guardian, or by the relinquishment of your parent's right of control. If you are not the dependent child of a parent who meets the University’s requirements for California residence for tuition purposes, you will be required to demonstrate financial independence in addition to meeting the current 366-day physical presence requirement as an adult, and intent requirements when seeking resident classification for tuition purposes.

Although you will not be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, you may be eligible for an exemption from nonresident fees; see the Exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.


Revised: 04/27/18