Ten Things You Should Know About California Residency
California residency for fee purposes is established by California state law
and the California Code of Regulations. The Los Rios Community College
District must comply with these laws and regulations. The term
"California resident" for fee purposes may differ from other definitions of
California residency. A person who has a California driver's license/vehicle
registration or who is a California resident for tax, voting, or welfare
purposes may have established legal residence in the state, but may not
necessarily be considered a resident for fee purposes.
The Los Rios Community College District cannot alter or waive the eligibility
requirements for any reason.
Under California law, if you have moved to California primarily to attend a
California college, then you are not eligible for in-state resident fees.
Living in California for 12 months is not an automatic qualification for
You must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have moved
to California permanently and are not merely living in California temporarily
while you attend college, however long your course of study takes.
Financial hardship cannot be considered in evaluating California residency
for fee purposes eligibility.
Legal ties that you maintain in another state or country (e.g., state tax
liability, driver's license, voter registration, etc.) will disqualify you from
residency reclassification, regardless of your reason(s) for maintaining
Evidence of the following will disqualify you from California residency for
a. If you have been claimed as a dependent on anyone's income tax
return within the past three years.
b. Have accepted more than $750 in financial support from a parent in
any form within the past three years.
c. Lived with a parent for more than six weeks a year for the past three
In each of these cases, you shall be considered financially dependent and there-
fore cannot meet the core requirement of demonstrated financial independence
necessary to qualify for reclassification from non-resident to resident.
Despite the length of time you attend a Los Rios college or live in California
you might not qualify for California residency for fee purposes.
Residency reclassification applications and all supporting documentation must
be submitted during the term in which reclassification is requested.
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