Students not classified as California residents for tuition purposes may qualify for an exception or an exemption from payment of nonresident tuition.
To be eligible for this exception, the following requirements must be met:
The student is eligible for this exception until s/he has resided in the state the minimum time necessary to become a California resident.
Section 41906(a) of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations provides any student seeking application of this exception must provide evidence of self-support, including: documentation showing earnings for the year in the form of a statement from the employer or federal withholding form, a statement the student has actually been in California for the year (short absences from California are permitted), and a statement showing all the student's expenses for the year.
Any of the following would result in a determination the student is not self-supporting:
To be eligible for this exception, the student must be either:
This exception does not require a spouse, domestic partner or child be a dependent of the state employee for income tax reporting purposes, nor does it contain any age limitation.
Student assistants, or employees who work all year on a part-time basis, or who work full-time on a less than annual basis, are not eligible for this exception.
Campus auxiliary organizations are not California State agencies and employees of these organizations and their spouses or children are not eligible for this exception.
CSU Presidents have authority under Chancellor's Executive Order No. 712 to waive entirely, or to reduce fees for employees enrolled in work-related courses. This authority does not extend to nonresident tuition.
A student is eligible for this exception until s/he has resided in the state the minimum time necessary to become a California resident.
A student is eligible for this exception for no more than one academic year.
To be eligible for this exception, the student must show that on the Residence Determination Date s/he is enrolled in a state government legislative or an executive fellowship program administered by the state or by the CSU. The student ceases to be eligible for this exception when s/he is no longer enrolled in the qualifying fellowship.
The National Student Exchange Program (NSE) does not meet the exception. Students enrolled in the NSE program remain degree seeking students at their home campus during their enrollment at the CSU. NSE student participants will be required to demonstrate one year of physical presence combined with intent to remain in California indefinitely for at least one full year following completion of their NSE enrollment in order to qualify for resident classification.
To be eligible for this exception, the student must meet the following requirements:
To be eligible for this exception, a student, regardless of age, must meet the following requirements:
In addition to nonresident tuition, all other fees for students qualifying under this exception are waived.
To be eligible for this exception, a student must meet the following requirements:
Either the qualifying dependent or the individual killed in the attacks must have been a resident of California on September 11, 2001.
This exception is available to a surviving spouse of a California resident killed in the terror attack of September 11, 2001, until January 1, 2013, after which it expires. This exception is available to a surviving natural or adopted child of a California resident killed in the terror attack of September 11, 2001, until that child reaches the age of 30 (which may be a date after January 1, 2013).
A number of exceptions are available to active or recently discharged military personnel and their dependents. Some of these are listed below.
The following branches qualify for this exception:
• All active duty personnel in the following U.S. armed services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard
• Active Guard Reserve (AGR) component which includes Army and Air Force AGR personnel
• U.S. Navy Reserve Full-Time Support (FTS) officers and sailors
• U.S. Marine Corps Active Reserve (AR)
• U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Program Administrators (RPAs)
The following branches are
NOT included in the military exceptions:
• Active-duty personnel who are on temporary duty in the state.
• National Guard and Reserve service members who are not full-time and in one of the statuses found above
• State Military Reserve service members
contact the campus for further information on military exceptions.
Certain nonresident students (including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented individuals) who have attended, graduated, or achieved the equivalent from a California school may be exempted from paying nonresident tuition. Such students must remain classified as "nonresidents" for residence classification and financial aid eligibility purposes. Students seeking exemption from nonresident tuition must satisfy attendance requirements and graduation/transfer requirements. Students must also complete and submit the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form, along with supporting documents (i.e., transcripts, proof of attendance) to the campus Admissions and Records Office.
California Education Code Section 68130.5 states that a student shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California State University and the California Community Colleges if the student meets the following requirements:
A total attendance of – or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to – three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:
Please note that only two (2) years of community college attendance can be used to satisfy this requirement. A third year must be taken from attendance at one of the schools listed above (i-iii).
*A year's equivalence at a California community college is either a minimum of 24 semester units of credit or 54 quarter units. Only two (2) years of full time attendance in credit courses at the California community colleges will count towards the three (3) or more years of attendance. Full-time attendance at a California adult school is a minimum of 420 hours of attendance for each school year.
Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools.
Students must satisfy the graduation/transfer requirement by fulfilling any of the following:
Remember, students will not be considered for this exemption unless the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form is completed and submitted along with supporting documents (i.e., transcripts, proof of attendance at a California school) to the
campus Admissions and Records Office.
Additionally, a student who was a lawful non-immigrant individual during his/her high school attendance, but who is no longer a non-immigrant (e.g., a student whose valid non-immigrant visa has expired, but who has not applied for any other non-immigrant status or a student who has applied for permanent residence, asylum, or another immigration classification other than as a non-immigrant), is entitled to this exemption provided s/he has met all other requirements for the exemption.
For further information, please refer to Resources for Undocumented Students.