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In accordance with the California Education Code, upon your admission to Cabrillo, we will classify you as a resident or nonresident of California. This affects how much you pay per unit.

We will classify you as a resident if you:

  • are 19 years of age or older and
  • have resided in California for at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the term and
  • can prove presence and intent by providing us with certain documents

If you are under 19 years of age, we determine your residency based on your parent or legal guardian's residency status.

pdf document See the documents we accept as evidence of residency (72Kb PDF)

pdf document Request to be classified as a California resident document (64Kb PDF)


To request a change in status from non-resident to resident, submit a new application for admission in person to Admissions and Records at the Aptos Campus or Watsonville Center the semester before your status changes. Remember to bring along the supporting documents for verification.

Note: Your residency classification will not be changed automatically, you must request it. We cannot process a retroactive change of status.

If you are not a United States citizen, or permanent resident, or on a visa that allows you to establish California residency, then --in addition to the documents we accept as evidence of residency-- you must provide verification that you have applied for residency with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at least one year and one day prior to the beginning of the term.

For information containg all the gritty details, see pdf document Residency Regulations and Requirements (98Kb PDF)

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