Residency for Tuition Purposes
The laws of California distinguish between residents and nonresidents for tuition purposes. Tuition and fees are subject to state budge approval. Current fees, including non-resident tuition, can be found at: https://afd.calpoly.edu/fees/.
**State requirements to establish residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency. Just because a student is or has been a resident of the State of California does not mean that he or she qualifies to receive the in-state tuition rate. Additionally, the provisions for residency at a California State University differ from those at the University of California and the California Community Colleges.**
A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the California Educational Code, Section 68000-68084 and 68120-68134, and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, sections 41901-41915.
Additional information regarding residency can be found at the California State University website.
Residency is determined after the student has been accepted for admissions, or upon request for a residency reclassification.
In this section:
- New Students: Initial Classification - View the process for residency classification for incoming students
- Continuing Students: Residency Reclassification – View the process for residency reclassification for current students
- Exceptions to the General Rules – View information on residency exceptions
- AB540/AB2000 – View information on the AB540/AB2000 residency exception
- Appeals – View information on how to appeal residency decisions
Important note: This summation is not a complete explanation of the laws regarding California residence for tuition purposes. Applicable sections of the California Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations are available for review at the Admissions Office, Building 172H, Second floor, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may also review them online at:
You may also contact the Admissions Office with questions concerning residency issues not covered here.