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Exceptions to the General Rules

If a student does not qualify as a California resident, there are certain exceptions that may allow a student to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes. To qualify for these exceptions, the student must be legally capable of establishing residence in the United States and satisfy the exception requirements on the Residence Determination Date for the term in questions (not one year prior).

The Residence Determination Dates are as follows:

QUARTER  DETERMINATION DATE
Fall September 20th
Winter January 5th
Spring April 1st
Summer July 1st

The following are exceptions that a student who is legally capable of establishing residency may be eligible for:

  1. Dependent of a California resident;
  2. Graduate of a California school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
  3. Employees of the CSU or state employees assigned outside California, and their spouses, registered domestic partners, and children;
  4. Spouse or child of deceased law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention public employees; and,
  5. Undergraduate dependent of September 11, 2001 attack victims

Military Personnel Exceptions: A number of exceptions are available to active military personnel, recently discharged military personnel, and their dependents.

If you believe you are eligible for an exception, contact the Admissions Office at 805-756-2311 or email admissions@calpoly.edu for further instructions.


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 on-line at:

You may also contact the Admissions Office with questions concerning residency issues not covered here.

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