California Residency

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The laws of California provide that every student at the California State University must be classified as either a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. Students have the ultimate burden of proving their residence classification. Below is a brief outline of general rules students must follow for claiming California Residency.

Residence Determination Dates

Fall Admissions - Must establish California residency by September 20th of the prior year to the applied term to qualify for resident tuition.

Spring Admissions - Must establish California residency by January 25th of the prior year to the applied term to qualify for resident tuition.

United States Citizens

 

If residency can not be determined from the initial application (the data or documents that are initially supplied) the applicant may be asked to follow this procedure. Do not follow this procedure unless instructed in your To Do List on My SJSU after you have applied.

  1. Fill out Residency Questionnaire.
  2. Documents that we use to prove your intent (provide copies of as many as possible):

     Voter Registration AND proof of voting in an election in the state of California
     Valid CA driver's license (may need to also include expired to show residency)
     Valid CA registered motor vehicle
     CA state income tax return (can submit copies from parents copies)
     Copies of your official Federal income tax return transcripts must be attached to your Residency
    Questionnaire. You will have to have them sent to you directly from the IRS. Do not open the
    envelope. Use IRS form 4506-T which can be found on the IRS website at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
     CA property title or
     CA property lease agreement
     Active bank account showing date opened – must be statements sent to you via mail
     Permanent military address or home of record on military records

    For more detailed information on establishing residency, go to the Registrar’s Website:
    http://www.sjsu.edu/registrar/students/Residency/index.html

Permanent Residents, Refugees, and Asylees

 

All applicants in this status regardless of residency must provide the following:

  • Provide clear copies of green cards, or temporary stamp in passport

If residency can not be determined from the initial application (the data or documents that are initially supplied) the applicant may also be asked to follow this procedure. Do not follow this procedure unless instructed in your To Do List on My SJSU after you have applied.

  1. Fill out Residency Questionnaire
  2. Documents that we use to prove your intent (provide copies of as many as possible):

     Voter Registration AND proof of voting in an election in the state of California
     Valid CA driver's license (may need to also include expired to show residency)
     Valid CA registered motor vehicle
     CA state income tax return (can submit copies from parents copies)
     Copies of your official Federal income tax return transcripts must be attached to your Residency
    Questionnaire. You will have to have them sent to you directly from the IRS. Do not open the
    envelope. Use IRS form 4506-T which can be found on the IRS website at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
     CA property title or
     CA property lease agreement
     Active bank account showing date opened – must be statements sent to you via mail
     Permanent military address or home of record on military records

    For more detailed information on establishing residency, go to the Registrar’s Website:
    http://www.sjsu.edu/registrar/students/Residency/index.html

Non-Citizens With the Legal Capacity to Claim Residency

 

The holders of the following visas are eligible to claim CA residency:

Applicants for permanent resident status (I-485), A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2. G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5, H-1, H-4 (if dependent on H-1), I, K-1, K-2, L-1, L-2, N-1, N-2, O-1, O-3 (if dependant on O-1), R, V-1, NATO-1 through NATO-7 and NATO dependents.

All applicants in this status regardless of residency must provide the following:

  • Provide clear copies of visa in passport.
    H4 need to provide H1b and O-3 need to provide O-1 visa.

If residency can not be determined from the initial application (the data or documents that are initially supplied) the applicant may also be asked to follow this procedure. Do not follow this procedure unless instructed in your To Do List on My SJSU after you have applied.

  1. Fill out Residency Questionnaire
  2. Documents that we use to prove your intent (provide copies of as many as possible):

     Voter Registration AND proof of voting in an election in the state of California
     Valid CA driver's license (may need to also include expired to show residency)
     Valid CA registered motor vehicle
     CA state income tax return (can submit copies from parents copies)
     Copies of your official Federal income tax return transcripts must be attached to your Residency
    Questionnaire. You will have to have them sent to you directly from the IRS. Do not open the
    envelope. Use IRS form 4506-T which can be found on the IRS website at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
     CA property title or
     CA property lease agreement
     Active bank account showing date opened – must be statements sent to you via mail
     Permanent military address or home of record on military records

    For more detailed information on establishing residency, go to the Registrar’s Website:
    http://www.sjsu.edu/registrar/students/Residency/index.html

International Students (F1 or J1 Visa Holders)

 

International students are not eligible for California residency and will be charged non-resident tuition.