California state law requires that each student enrolled in or applying for admission to a California Community College provide proof of his/her residence classification.
The statutes regarding residence determination are found in Sections 68000-68090 and 76140 of the Education Code, Sections 54000-54072 of the California Administrative Code and in the regulations of the Los Rios Community College District. These regulations are available in the Admissions and Records Office of the college and are subject to the interpretation of the college.
The California residency requirement has two parts, Act and Intent. To claim residency a student must have lived in, and shown intent to reside in, California by one or more of the following acts of intent:
- Paying California income taxes
- Possessing a valid California driver’s license
- Registering and voting in the state
- Owning and registering a car in California, and/or
- The absence of these ties with another state or country
Concurrent with these acts of intent, physical presence in the state for one year and one day prior to the first day of the semester is needed to establish California residency in the District. Because the residency requirement is complicated, students with questions should contact the Admissions and Records Office in the Student Services Building for more information.
A student classified as a non-resident will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which is set by the Board of Trustees of the Los Rios Community College District.
Under Assembly Bill 540, some non-resident students may be eligible for a waiver of non-resident tuition fees. California non-residents who have graduated from a California high school (or attained a California GED or equivalent) and attended a California high school for at least three years may qualify for the AB540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request. Interested students should contact the Admissions and Records Office to discuss eligibility. Qualified students are still responsible for the per unit general enrollment fee.
Information regarding tuition fees and refunds is found in the “Fee Requirements” and “Fee Refund” sections of this catalog.
Residency Reclassification Requests
Students may apply for reclassification to California resident by completing a Residence Reclassification and providing sufficient documentation to support California residency. State requirements to become a California Code of Regulations (Title 5).
Under California law, to be reclassified from a non-resident to a California resident, a student must clearly demonstrate:
- Physical presence in California,
- Intent to reside in California permanently, and
- Financial independence, if the student was classified as a non-resident in a preceding term.
Under Assembly Bill 540, a student (non-U.S. citizen) who is residing in the United States without official authorization from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) may be eligible for a waiver of non-resident tuition fees if the student graduated from a California high school (or attained a California GED or equivalent) and attended a California high school for at least three years. Interested students should contact the Admissions and Records Office to discuss eligibility. Qualified students are still responsible for the per unit general enrollment fee. All inquiries are strictly confidential, and the student’s information is not reported to any outside agencies.
Non-resident students who have falsified information and enrolled without paying their fees will be excluded from classes upon notification, pending payment of the fee. Written notification may be given at any time. These students will not be readmitted during the semester or summer session from which they were excluded, nor shall they be admitted to any following semester or summer session until all previously incurred tuition obligations are paid.
If a student is erroneously determined to be a non-resident and a tuition fee is paid, the fee is refundable provided acceptable proof of state residence is presented within the period for which the fee was paid.