California Residence for Tuition Purposes

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Establishing Residency

How to establish residency

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

Common Nonresident Tuition Exemptions

Nonresident exemption waivers

UCOP—AB 540 Frequently Asked Questions


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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

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)


Filing Begins

Filing Ends


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Fall 2016

When Admitted

May 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Winter 2017

When Admitted


December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

Fall 2017 When Admitted May 1, 2017 June, 1 2017 August 1, 2017

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. 


Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Fall 2016

June 1, 2016

September 21, 2016

Winter 2017

November 1, 2016

January 8, 2017

Spring 2017

February 1, 2017

April 2, 2017

Fall 2017

June 1, 2017

September 27, 2017

Residence Determination Dates

Term Determination Date
Fall 2016 September 22, 2016
Winter 2017 January 9, 2017
Spring 2017 April 3, 2017
Fall 2017 September 28, 2017

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: 07/14/16