Tuition & Residence

Tuition and Residence

Tuition and Fees are assessed each term based on a residence classification of each student: Resident or Nonresident. Both Resident and Nonresident students are assessed tuition and fees for each term, but if the student and their supporting natural or adoptive parent(s) do not meet the UC Residence Policy definition of resident for purposes of tuition, these students, classified as Nonresident, are assessed the additional Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

It is important to know that California residence is not assumed. All incoming students must complete a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) so that a residence determination can be made. If a student does not complete the SLR or submit the necessary documents, the student will be classified as a Nonresident and will be assessed the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Students classified as Nonresident may petition for change of classification once all the UC Residence requirements are met.

Residence Deputies in the Office of the University Registrar will determine whether the student and parent(s) are California residents for purposes of tuition and fees. The presumption of Residence Deputies is that students and their parents have read and understand the UC Residence requirements prior to submitting their residence information for determination of residence for tuition purposes.

Parents: Until your student is 24 years of age, both you and your student must meet the UC Residence Policy definition of resident to be considered eligible for resident tuition. Adoptive parents, stepparents, guardians and other relatives supporting students are cautioned to read the UC Residence Policy definition of parent.

New and Transfer students who are living with relatives or other adults in California, or are considering self-support or claiming financial independence from their parents are further cautioned to understand the UC Residence Policy governing Financial Independence, which requires two full years of financial independence and complete self-sufficiency prior to the term resident status is claimed.

How is Residence Determined?

Residence Deputies apply the UC Residence Policy and Guidelines, under the authority of the UC Office of the General Counsel, to the facts and information provided under penalty of perjury on the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and any additional information requested by the Residence Deputy. This determination is independent of, and can differ from, similar determinations made by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Information from either of those offices indicating that the student is a resident, or that the student is financially independent, does not necessarily mean the student is a resident for purposes of tuition and fees.