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.

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.

Exceptions and Exemptions

Students not classified as California residents for tuition purposes under the standard rules, may qualify for an exception or an exemption from payment of nonresident tuition fees and may be eligible to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes based on certain exceptions in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements.

Provide clear copies of documents that support your request for the exception or exemption you are applying for to update your residency classification if applicable. Below are some examples:

1. Complete a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request also referred to as AB-540/AB-2000/SB-68.

  • Exemptions are available for students who meet the AB-540/AB-2000/SB-68 requirements.

2. Military

  • Exemptions available to active military personnel, their dependents, or to recently discharged military personnel.

3. Alan Pattee Scholarship

  • Spouse or child of a deceased law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention public employee.

4. Employees of the CSU or California State

  • Employees assigned outside California and their spouses, registered domestic partners and children are eligible.

5. Employees of California School Districts

  • A student is eligible for this exception for no more than one academic year.

6. Amateur Student Athletes

  • To determine eligibility, must provide proof of national governing body for sport in which student is competing.

For additional information on Exceptions & Exemptions, please click here.