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About Residence for Tuition Purposes

Learn about how the University of California establishes residence for tuition purposes. 

Residence Deputy Availability

The Residence Deputies are unavailable for in-person or phone advising. Please review the contact information located at the bottom of this page for other ways to connect with a Residence Deputy.

Residency Guidelines for the Purposes of Tuition 

The law governing the establishment of California residence for tuition purposes is contained in the Standing Orders of The Regents of the University of California. UC regulations for California residence for purposes of tuition and fees are exactly the same for all UC campuses.

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition

Students who are not considered California residents for tuition purposes must pay Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (NRST), in addition to UC and campus fees. See Registration Fees.

  UC Residence Policy and Guidelines      UC Understanding Residency Webpages

Please review all information contained in the links above before making any assumptions about residence for tuition purposes.

Inquiries regarding UC residency for purposes of tuition should be directed to a campus Residence Deputy in the campus Registrar’s Office or to a Residency Analyst in UC Legal, Office of the General Counsel. No other office, entity, or individual is authorized to provide Residency information on behalf of the University of California.

Continuing Students

Continuing students who are interested in applying for reclassification are encouraged review UC San Diego's Change of Classification process.

How to Apply for a Change of Classification

Residency Classifications for Tuition Purposes

Residency classifications for the purposes of UC tuition are determined by the campus Residence Deputy in accordance with the UC Residence Policy and Guidelines.

The campus Residence Deputy evaluates the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and supporting documentation and issues a Residency Classification of Resident, NRST Exempt, or Nonresident. 

Direct inquiries regarding residency for tuition purposes to:

Incorrect Classification

  • If you were incorrectly classified as a resident, you are subject to a nonresident classification and must pay all unpaid nonresident tuition fees.
  • If you concealed information or furnished false information and were classified incorrectly as a result, you are also subject to University discipline.
  • Resident students who become nonresidents must immediately notify the Residence Deputy.

Residency Classification Appeals

The student is responsible for submitting all relevant information, requested documentation, written explanations, and clarifications to support an in-state residency request by the deadline.

Any student, following a final decision on residence classification by the Residence Deputy, may appeal in writing to the Residence Analyst within 30 calendar days of notification of the Residence Deputy's decision.

All relevant information, requested documentation, written explanations, and clarifications that you do not make available prior to deadline will not be considered or reviewed by the Residence Analyst if you chose to appeal the final determination.

Students who wish to appeal their determination must review the Residency Appeals section of the UC Residence Policy and Guidelines thoroughly prior to submitting their appeal application.

Direct inquiries regarding appeals to:
Changes may be made to the residence requirements between the publication of this page and the relevant Residence Determination Date. Students should review the UC Residence Policy and Guidelines prior to applying for a Residency Classification to ensure compliance with the most recent requirements for the relevant academic term.

Contact Us

Prospective students may email the Residence Deputy or drop-in to Zoom for virtual office hours from April 1st - April 26th.

Current UC San Diego students may email the Residence Deputy or drop-in to Zoom for virtual office hours. 

Zoom Office Hours:
April 1st - April 26th: 
Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Beginning April 29th: 
Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.