Because Cuyamaca College is a state supported institution it must follow California laws pertaining to residency classification, in addition to many other regulations, for all students at California Community Colleges. All students must be classified as either "resident" or "nonresident" for tuition purposes. Students who are applying for admission, or currently enrolled students requesting residency reclassification, are required to provide supplemental information and supporting documentation or evidence to determine his or her residence classification.
Students who are over 19 years of age: Residency is based on factors pertaining to the student.
Students who are under 19 years of age: Students must complete an Under 19 Supplemental Information form. For unmarried students, residency is based on factors pertaining to the parent that the student is living with. If the student is not living with either parent, residency is based on factors pertaining to the parent the student last lived with. Married students may establish residence on their own (a copy of the marriage certificate must be submitted). There are some exceptions for students under 19 years of age, which are listed in the Cuyamaca College Catalog.
Two factors are considered together when determining residency classification. To obtain "resident" status for a term, students must have:
In other words, the student needs to provide proof of BOTH physical presence AND intent to reside, to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Physical presence must have been maintained for at least one continuous year prior to the start of the term and intent to reside must have been established a minimum of one year prior to the start of the term for which the student is planning to enroll.
Many times the Application for Admission does not provide enough information to make a residency determination and additional information and/or documents are needed before a determination can be made. In this case, a Supplemental Residence Questionnaire must be completed. If additional documents are needed, the student will be notified. All requested documents should be submitted to the Residency Specialist in the Admissions and Records Office.
Residency determination is a complex process that is governed by many rules and policies. Often several types of documents are needed before a determination can be made. No single document is decisive.
The following are examples of documents that may demonstrate a student's intent to reside in California. At least one of the documents must be dated more than one year prior to the start of the term:
Filing California State income taxes as a resident
California voter registration card
California Driver's License or California Identification Card from the Department of Motor Vehicles
Resident California vehicle registration
Petitioning for divorce as a resident of California
Employment or carrying on of a business in California
Military Leave and Earnings Statements and W-2 forms showing California as the state of legal residence
California fishing or hunting license
California license for professional practice
The following are examples of documents that may demonstrate evidence of a student maintaining physical presence in California for at least one year prior to the start of the term:
Employment or carrying on of a business in California
Bank statements or bills showing a California address
Apartment/house rental contract/lease in California
Active membership in California service or social organizations
Verification of California public assistance
Transcripts showing California school attendance
The following are examples of actions that are inconsistent with a claim for California residency, especially when action has been taken during the year of establishing residency:
Filing California State income taxes as a nonresident or filing income taxes as a resident of another state
Maintaining out-of-state driver's license and/or vehicle registration
Maintaining voter registration in another state
Attending an out-of-state institution as a resident of that state
Petitioning for divorce in another state
Students who are eligible to establish residency include U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, lawful temporary residents, amnesty residents, refugees and asylum residents. Additionally, the following nonimmigrant visa types: A, E, G, H-1, H-4, I, K, L, O-1, O-3, R and V. For anyone other than a U.S. Citizen, the one-year duration period begins after the application for adjustment of status to one of these classifications has been filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This requirement is in addition to the California residency requirements of physical presence and intent to reside.
Education Code section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tuition fee exemption to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and refugee students who settled in California upon entering the United States. This exemption is granted for one year from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States.
This exemption applies to the following:
Undocumented immigrants*, out-of-status non-immigrants and non-immigrants with B, C, D, F, H-2, H-3, J, M, O-2, P, Q, (NAFTA) TN and TD visas are not eligible to establish residency.
*Legislation (AB540) went into effect January 1, 2002 allowing undocumented immigrants
and any student, other than non-immigrants (those with B visas, F visas, etc.), to
be exempted from paying nonresident tuition, if they meet the following requirements:
Attendance at a California high school for three or more years.
Graduation from a California high school or the equivalent (e.g., a GED or a high school proficiency exam).
A California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form must be filed with the college stating that the student has met these requirements. Undocumented immigrants must file this affidavit stating that the student has applied for legalization or will do so as soon as the student is eligible to do so.
AB540 Students may receive services on campus through our Borderless Spaces program. Please visit EOPS Borderless Spaces for more information.
Students must be physically attending classes they are enrolled in. Students living outside of California and enrolled via distance education are not eligible for this exemption.
Under this exemption U.S. Citizens or permanent residents are not eligible to apply for state financial aid, but are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Undocumented immigrants are NOT eligible to apply for state and federal financial aid.
Military personnel, stationed on active duty in California, and their dependents who are "undergraduates" are exempt from paying nonresident tuition and are classified as "residents" for fee purposes for the duration of their enrollment at a California Community College. Active military personnel and their dependents who have received a bachelor's degree or higher are exempt from paying nonresident tuition for 1 year from the date of their arrival in California. NOTE: Military personnel (and the dependents of) assigned to California for educational purposes are eligible for this exemption.
Non-resident: A Military Tuition Waiver form must be completed and students must submit a copy of their active duty or dependent ID card. Note: Residents are also eligible for this exemption.
Residents who have been stationed in California for more than one year: Military W-2 forms or Leave and Earnings Statements must be submitted showing California as the state of legal residence (one dated more than one year prior to the semester and a current one). A copy of the DD214 is additionally needed, if the military person has been discharged.
Nonresident military personnel, stationed on active duty in California for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged, and their dependents who are "undergraduates" are exempt from paying nonresident tuition for up to one year he or she lives in California after the military person has been discharged. Military orders, or official military documents, showing that the military person was stationed in California on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to discharge and a copy of the DD214 showing discharge for less than one year must be submitted.
Prior to the time of registration, nonresident students who believe they qualify for California resident status may apply for reclassification. The reclassification forms are a Financial Independence Information form and a Supplemental Residence Questionnaire. Documents will be required to demonstrate residence as outlined in this text. Colleges are additionally required to consider financial independence when reclassifying a student, who was a nonresident in a previous term, to resident status. Financial independence during the current year and preceding two years will be considered.
This text is a summary of residency information and is by no means complete. Also, changes may have been made in the statutes and regulations between the time this text was published and the beginning of the term of attendance. There are some additional exceptions, not mentioned, that exist which apply to specific circumstances. Forms are available on line at FORMS and in the Admissions and Records Office. For more residency information, please refer to the Cuyamaca College Catalog or contact the Residency Specialist in the Admissions and Records Office at (619) 660-4725.
Admissions and Records
Student Services Building G-102
Admissions and Records Specialist