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UC Residence Policy

UC Residence Policy for Tuition Purposes

A student’s classification as a resident or nonresident is determined by the campus Residence Deputy, or other assigned staff, and is based on evidence presented in a student’s Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and any supporting evidence the campus deems necessary. At UC Santa Barbara, the Residency Deputy resides within the Office of the Registrar.

To be considered for a resident classification, students must:

  • Complete and submit an SLR immediately after submitting the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), and
  • Provide clear and convincing evidence that they have satisfied all UC residence requirements.

Students who fail to submit the SLR will be classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes and will be responsible for all nonresident tuition.

Basic Requirements for Residency (+)

There are four requirements students must satisfy in order to qualify for a resident classification. All four requirements must be met by the residence determination date of the term for which classification as a resident is requested.

  • Physical presence
    • You must be continuously physically present in California for more than one year (366 days) immediately prior to the residence determination date of the term for which you request resident status. If you moved to California primarily to attend the University of California, you are here for educational purposes and may not be eligible for a resident classification for purposes of tuition.
  • Intent to remain in California
    • You must establish your intent to make California your home one year prior to the residence determination date of the term for which you request resident status.
  • Financial independence
    • If you’re an unmarried undergraduate under the age of 24 and your parent(s) are not California residents, you must be able to verify financial independence for the two full years immediately preceding the term you wish to enroll. Graduate students are presumed to be financially independent unless they were claimed as a dependent on their parents' federal tax return for the most recent tax year.
  • Immigration status
    • You must have the legal ability to establish a permanent domicile in the United States, meaning that you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold a valid, qualifying nonimmigrant visa.

Learn more about residency requirements

How to Establish Residency (+)

All new students must submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) as part of the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) “Steps to Enrollment” process on their Admissions student portal. Students may need information from parents to complete the SLR.

Please note:

  • Residency determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • The time required to make a determination will depend on the timely submission of the SLR and the complexity of the student’s situation.
  • The Residence Deputy, or other assigned staff, reserve the right to request additional information or documentation if it is deemed necessary to make a determination.

Learn more about establishing residency

Applying for Residency (+)

New Students

  • All new undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) immediately after submitting their Statement of Intent to Register.
  • Students may need information from parents to complete the form.
  • Students who do not complete their SLR before the deadline will be classified as a nonresidents and will be responsible for all nonresident tuition.

Continuing Students - Currently Classified as Nonresidents

  • Continuing students (undergraduate and graduate) who are classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes and wish to be classified as California residents for a future term, must complete their SLR:
    • Following the fourth week of the quarter immediately prior to the term for which classification as a resident is requested, and
    • Before the end of the quarter for which a change in classification is desired. Example: continuing nonresident students seeking a change of classification for fall quarter may file a new SLR following the fourth week of the previous spring quarter through the last day of the fall term.
  • Additional information regarding seeking reclassification can be found on the SLR login page.
  • Students may need information from parents to complete the form.

Students Applying for Readmission

  • Students must complete a new SLR at the time of readmission.

Submit a Statement of Legal Residence

Determining Residency

Residency determinations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Determinations are highly dependent on these factors:

  • Timely submission of the SLR, and
  • The submission of additional information or documentation, if necessary, and
  • The complexity of the student’s circumstances.

Once determined, students can view their residency status by logging into GOLD and clicking on the Registration Info link. Residence classification will display under the Additional Registration Information Section. Pending determinations will show a status of "unverified."

 


This website summarizes UC Residence Policy and Guidelines and may not address all questions or cover all circumstances. Content on this website is merely for advising purposes and does not guarantee any residency determination. Although each campus may adopt different administrative procedures, University regulations regarding residency for tuition purposes are exactly the same for all UC campuses. Changes may be made in the residence requirements between the publication of this statement and the relevant residence determination date.


Beyond the residence staff in Office of the Registrar, no other University personnel are authorized to supply information regarding residence requirements for tuition.