California Residence Requirement:
A California resident is defined as one who has established both physical presence and intent to make California their permanent home for more than one year from the Residency Determination Date. Residency Determination Date is defined as the day immediately preceding the first day of instruction for the Semester/Intersession. Physical presence is defined as continuous physical presence within the State of California, excluding temporary absences.
Intent to make California the permanent home is determined based upon acceptable evidence submitted by the student showing intent to make California the student’s permanent home and evidence showing the student is not precluded from establishing permanent residency in the United States.
A non-resident student is one who has not resided in the State of California for more than one year and one day immediately preceding the Residency Determination Date as well as a student who is precluded from establishing domicile in the United States. Non-residents still may attend the College subject to non-resident tuition in addition to all other College mandatory fees.
Students who have been classified as non-residents may petition to be reclassified as California residents if their status has changed. The form is available in the Admissions Office and must be submitted with the appropriate documentation showing both physical presence and intent to make California their permanent home. Reclassification requests must be submitted prior to the start of the semester in which reclassification is requested to be effective. Please see the COC Residency Affidavit
and the Residency FAQs
for more information. If you have been recently discharged from the military, please see the Military Residency Affidavit
Fee for Non-resident Visa Holders
Students with Visas, which require residency in the country granting the visa, will be required to pay a nonresident tuition fee and the enrollment fee. For the most up to date fees please see the Student Business Office Website.
Fee for Non-California Residents
U.S. Citizens and “Permanent Resident card/Visa” holders who have lived in California for less than a year will be required to pay a nonresident tuition fee and the enrollment fee. For the most up to date fees please see the Student Business Office Website.