Continuing Students: Reclassification
A student who has been classified as a nonresident may seek reclassification for any subsequent term. The three requirements to be considered for residency reclassification are:
- Physical Presence: A student must be physically present in California one year prior to the Residence Determination Date for the quarter to which he/she is applying for reclassification;
- Intent: A student must demonstrate through objective documentation that it was his/her intent to make California their permanent home one year prior to the Residence Determination Date for the quarter to which he/she is applying for reclassification; and,
- Financial Independence: A student must prove him/herself financially independent from his/her parent(s), regardless of if the parent(s) is a California resident or nonresident. A student is considered to be financially independent if he/she meets all of the following requirements:
- Has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application;
- Has not and will not receive more than Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750) per year in financial assistance from his/her parent (including financial aid loans for tuition purposes) in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application; and,
- Has not lived and will not live for more than six weeks in the home of his or her parent during the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
The Residence Determination Dates are as follows:
If you believe you qualify to be reclassified as a California resident, complete the CSU Residence Questionnaire, the Cal Poly Supplemental Residence Reclassification Request Form, and submit with the following supporting documentation:
- Most current state driver’s license or ID card
- Most current state voter registration
- Most current state vehicle registration for vehicles owned or operated in California
- Most current state and federal tax returns, with W-2s for last tax year
- Proof of bank accounts with a branch located in California and date opened
- Last three years of federal income tax returns for parents (Page 1 of Form 1040 for each year only)
Students may be asked to provide other documentation to clarify or verify their application for reclassification. Failure to provide these documents, or submitting incomplete Residency Reclassification Request Forms will significantly delay the reclassification process and may result in a denial of reclassification.
Submit all requested documents in person to the Cal Poly Admissions Office, located in Building 1, Room 206, or mail them to: Cal Poly Admissions, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.
Processing Timeline: Residency reclassification requests take approximately three to four weeks to process. Students are encouraged to submit reclassification requests during the quarter prior to the requested reclassification term.
Processing of reclassification requests submitted during the requested quarter may not be processed in time to avoid non-resident tuition fees from being assessed. Until a decision is made, students will remain classified as nonresidents and are responsible for timely payments of nonresident fees.
Students approved for reclassification are advised that approval may affect financial aid disbursement or awards and may result in the need for repayment of funds already received. Contact Financial Aid at 805-756-2927 for specific details.
Students denied for reclassification will be notified by letter and have the right to appeal to the California State University Chancellor’s Office.
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, Room 206, 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.