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

AB540 Eligibility 


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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.

Sending documents to the Residence Deputy

You may share your documents through Virtru, a safe and secure data encryption service supported by UC Santa Cruz. First, notify the residence deputy at that you need to share a document, and they will respond to the email with Virtru turned on and instructions for sharing your document.

Residency Filing Deadlines

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

Filing periods for new students to complete the online Statement of Legal Residence form.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends


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Fall 2023 When Admitted May 6, 2023 June, 6 2023 June 6, 2023

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. 

The columns describe dates for filings to begin and end. The rows set out specific quarters for filings.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Fall 2023

June 1, 2023

Sept. 28, 2023

Winter 2024

Nov. 1, 2023

Jan. 8, 2024

Spring 2024

Feb. 1, 2024

April 1, 2024

Deadline to Submit Supporting Documents

All supporting documents must be received by the third week of the term:

The first column is the applicable quarter, the second is the deadline to submit documents.
Term Deadline
Fall 2023 Oct. 18, 2023
Winter 2024 Jan. 29, 2024
Spring 2024 April 19, 2024

Residence Determination Dates

Column one spells out the term, column two the determination date.
Term Determination Date Deadline to Acquire Intent
Fall Quarter Sept. 28, 2023 Dec. 9, 2022
Winter Quarter Jan. 8, 2024 March 24, 2023
Spring Quarter April 1, 2024 June 16, 2023


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

Helpful Information for the Residency Cycle

For tips on navigating the residence determination process and completing the Statement of Legal Residence, select Helpful Information Through the Residency Cycle.

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.

Residency Drop-In Advising Session 

One-on-one virtual advising with a residence deputy is available. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the meeting host invites you in. 

Schedule: Please check the calendar for dates and times. This calendar is updated by 9:00 a.m. if there is a change in the schedule.

Web Access: Join meeting using this link.

Phone Access: Phone number +1 (669) 900 6833; use Meeting ID: 929 5019 0947; Passcode: 383939

Note: First-come first-served basis, 10 students maximum capacity based on limited resources. Although the Zoom meeting may appear “open” after these cutoff times, we will only be able to advise you if you entered the waiting room by the posted cutoff time and terms.  If time runs out, you may join the next drop-in session. Please have your UCSC ID card or other photo ID ready.  If you don't have your photo ID, we can only provide general information.


Revised: 09/25/23