Residency for Tuition Purposes - Policy

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.

UC Residency Policy

Basic Requirements for Residency
How to Establish Residency
Applying for Residency


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