California Residency

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Residence Classification Information

Under California law, each campus must determine the residence status of all new and returning students. Non-residents are required to pay non-resident tuition.

For complete information about Tuition and Fees, visit the Bursar's Office.

Generally, to be eligible for resident classification, a person must be able to establish the following one year prior to the residence determination date:

  1. They have the legal right to establish California residency.
  2. The have initiated the legal intent to establish California residency.
  3. They have established and maintained a physical presence and permanent residence in California.

Residence determination dates for each academic term for Sacramento State are:

  • Fall Semester: September 20th
  • Spring Semester: January 25th

Residence determination of minors is based on the residence status of their parents. Minors are those applicants under the age of 19 on the applicable residence determination date. For more information about California residence requirements, review information on Residence for Fee Purposes

Please note that no official determination of residence status will be made until after a student has submitted an application for admission.

If you have been notified that you are classified as a non-resident for fee purposes and would like to have your status reviewed, please view the following options:

  • Submit a Residency Questionnaire Residency Questionnaire (PDF) along with supporting documentation to the Residency Screening Office in the Admissions & Outreach Office in Lassen Hall, or mail ( no FAX) to the address below by December 15th for Spring or May 20th for Fall  admission.
  • If you are eligible for the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540), print the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request (PDF), complete it and submit it to the Residence Screening Office. More information about AB540 may be found at AB540 Information. Please note: exemption requests will not be considered until AFTER we receive official high school transcripts showing a graduation date. AB540 Waivers can be submitted after you have received an admission decision.
  • Once documents have been submitted and reviewed, any change in residency status will be noted on the Student Center of your My Sac State.
  • If, after review of your documentation, it is determined that you still do not meet residency requirements, or if more information is required, you will be notified by the Residency Coordinator. If you have not been notified of your status by your scheduled orientation date, please call the Residency Coordinator at (916) 278-1000 (option 1).

Additional questions may be directed to the Residency Coordinator, located in the Admissions and Outreach Office, Lassen Hall 1102, by calling (916) 278-1000 (option 1), or via email at Mail any documents (no FAX) to:

Residency Screening
Sacramento State
Admissions & Outreach
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6048

If you are a continuing Sacramento State student seeking to change your status from non-resident to resident, more information may be found online by visiting the Bursar's Office or call them at (916) 278-1000, Option 3. The Residency Coordinator will not be able to assist continuing students in change of states requests.

Students classified as nonresidents may appeal to the Chancellor’s Office within 30 calendar days of the issuance of the notification of the final campus decision. The campus decision may be appealed only if at least one of the following applies:

  1. The decision was based on:
    1. a significant error of fact;
    2. a significant procedural error; or
    3. an incorrect application of law which, if corrected, would require that the student be reclassified as a resident; and/or,
  2. Significant new information, not previously known or available to the student, became available after the date of the campus decision classifying the student as a nonresident and based on the new information, the classification as a nonresident is incorrect.

Students must explain why the appeal meets one or more of the above appeal criteria and provide supporting documentation. For example, a “significant error of fact” could be demonstrated by stating that the campus incorrectly determined that a specific document, such as a driver’s license, was untimely and by providing a copy of the document establishing the error. An appeal that only states “a significant error of fact,” will be denied.

Starting August 1, 2017, appeals should be submitted online at