Residency Form & Instructions

Incoming Applicants  

The information in this section is intended for applicants who have not yet attended the University, and are requesting to change/correct reported residency information that may affect their CSU tuition and fees. This form and instructions also apply to returning students who have lost continuing student standing and are now reapplying, or returning students who are seeking a new degree and are now reapplying.  

Provide clear copies of documents that support your claim for residency. Minor students must submit supporting documents for their parent(s). Documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date for the term in which you are seeking residence status for tuition purposes.

  1. Complete a Residence Questionnaire [PDF] form.
  1. Include at least ONE of the following:
  • Ownership, leasing, or continuous occupancy of residential property in California
  • Most current California tax returns
  • Verification of employment: pay stubs showing 12 months of California employment
  1. At least FOUR of the following:
  • Registering a motor vehicle owned or operated in California
  • Registering to vote and voting in California
  • Obtaining a California driver's license or ID card
  • Filing a resident or nonresident state personal income tax return
  • Maintaining an active California bank account for 12 months
  • Licensing from the state for professional practice
  • Maintaining active resident memberships in professional organizations
  1. If you are a citizen of another country, you must additionally submit paperwork on your current immigration status such as:
  • Copy of Green Card (front and back)
  • Visa or Employment Card (front and back)
  1. Submit complete request and supporting documents before the Residence Determination Date either by mail or in person to: Office of Admissions & Records, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747; or by email at admit@csudh.edu.*All documents must be in PDF form if submitted by email. Please note, documents and records received by CSUDH will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to any other institution or agency. For further information concerning residency determination, click here.

AB-540 and/or AB-2000 Incoming Applicants

The information in this section is intended for eligible California high school graduates requesting consideration for the non-resident tuition exemption as provided by AB-540/AB-2000.

  1. Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request [PDF] form.
  1. Submit official high school transcripts showing your date of high school graduation or the equivalent. If you have not attended a California high school for three or more years, you may submit California elementary and/or middle school transcripts to meet the three year requirement, in addition to your California high school diploma or the equivalent.
  1. Submit complete request and official transcripts before the Residence Determination Date either by mail or in person to: Office of Admissions & Records, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. Please note, documents and records received by CSUDH will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to any other institution or agency. For further information concerning residency determination, click here

Continuing Students

The information in this section is intended for students who have already attended the University, and are eligible for reconsideration for their residency status for CSU tuition fees purposes.

Provide clear copies of documents that support your claim for residency. Documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the Residence Determination Date for the term in which you are seeking residence status for tuition purposes.

Education Code Section 68044 requires that the financial independence of a nonresident student seeking reclassification as a resident be included in the factors to be considered in the determination of residence.

  1. Complete a Residence Reclassification Request [PDF] form.
  1. Include at least ONE of the following:
  • Ownership, leasing, or continuous occupancy of residential property in California
  • Most current California tax returns
  • Verification of employment: pay stubs showing 12 months of California employment
  1. At least FOUR of the following:
  • Registering a motor vehicle owned or operated in California
  • Registering to vote and voting in California
  • Obtaining a California driver's license or ID card
  • Filing a resident or nonresident state personal income tax return
  • Maintaining an active California bank account for 12 months
  • Licensing from the state for professional practice
  • Maintaining active resident memberships in professional organizations
  1. If you are a citizen of another country, you must additionally submit paperwork on your current immigration status such as:
  • Copy of Green Card (front and back)
  • Visa or Employment Card (front and back)
  1. Provide proof of financial independence by submitting the following:
  • California tax returns
  • Federal income tax returns; If you are under 26 years of age, you will need to submit your non-resident parent's federal tax returns. We will need copies of the three years prior to the year you apply for residency.
  1. Submit complete request and supporting documents before the Residence Determination Date either by mail or in person to: Office of Admissions & Records, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747; or by email at admit@csudh.edu*All documents must be in PDF form if submitted by email. Please note, documents and records received by CSUDH will become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to any other institution or agency. For further information concerning residency determination, click here.

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