California Residency Requirements
A California resident is defined as one who has established both physical presence and intent to make California their permanent home for more than one year and one day from the Residency Determination Date.
Students must meet the following requirements:
- Eligible to be a California resident (legal status)
- One year's continuous physical presence in the state of California
- Intent to remain in California
- Evidence of financial independence
Non-residents still may attend the college subject to non-resident tuition in addition to all other college mandatory fees. Students with visas, which require residency in the country granting the visa, will be required to pay a nonresident tuition fee and the enrollment fee. For the most up to date fees please see the MJC Business Services Office page.
Residency Reclassification at Modesto Junior College
Students who have been classified as a non-resident may petition to be reclassified as a California resident if their status has changed. The form is available in the Enrollment Services Offices and must be submitted with the appropriate documentation. Reclassification requests must be submitted prior to the start of the semester in which reclassification is requested. Please see the Residency Consideration Form for more information.
Appropriate residency documentation may include, but is not limited to the following:
- Ownership or leased property
- Registered to vote
- License for professional practice
- Motor vehicle license registration
- Valid CA driver’s license or identification card
- Establish and maintaining an active bank account
- Maintaining permanent military address, or home of record in CA while serving in the Armed Forces
- Petition for divorce
- Utility bills
- Medical bills
Financial Independence documents:
- Federal and state income tax return
- CA Unemployment (EDD)
- CA verification of public assistance or county services
- Proof of employment
- Financial Aid award letter
- Social Security award letter
All proofs must include the following information: 1) Students name 2) California Address 3) Residency determination date
Due to the complexity of determining residency, we reserve the right to ask for any additional documentation as may be needed on a case by case basis (To be determined by an Admissions & Records Specialist).
Deadlines & Determination Dates
- Residency Determination Date is defined as the day immediately preceding the first day of instruction for the semester. All proofs submitted as part of documentation must be dated prior to the determination date for the term you are applying for residency reclassification.
- Deadlines to submit the Residency Consideration Form and all proper documentation vary by semester. Late forms and/or documentation cannot be accepted for the current term, but can be used for a future term that meets the residency requirements.
Filing deadline dates and residency determination dates:
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AB540 (Nonresident Tuition Exemption)
What is AB540?
Signed into law in October 2001, California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a bill that provides an exemption to the requirement to pay nonresident tuition. California Community College students who are granted an AB 540 exemption, will be charged in-state tuition and fees, and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents.
Who is Eligible?
Students (including undocumented students) who, for various reasons, are classified as nonresidents may be eligible. You must meet all three of the following requirements to be eligible. Please see the AB 540 Exemption form for more information.
1. Time and coursework requirements
California community college means either 12 units of credit per semester (or quarter equivalent per year) or a minimum
of 420 class hours per year (or semester or quarter equivalent per year) in non-credit
courses authorized by Education Code section 84757. Attendance in credit courses at
a California community college counted towards this requirement shall not exceed a
total of two years of full-time attendance.
A. Attendance for three full-time years or the equivalent at any combination of the following:
- California high school
- California adult school (established by a county office of education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
- California community college (maximum of two years of credit bearing courses can count toward this requirement)
ORB. Three years of California high school coursework and three years of total attendance at a California
Elementary school, California secondary school, or any combination of the two2. Degree or Unit Requirements
- Meet one of the following requirements:
- Graduated from a California high school (or attainment of the equivalent)
- Earned an associate’s degree from a California community college
- Fulfilled the minimum transfer requirements from a California community college to a UC or CSU campus
- Meet one of the following requirements:
You also must have signed the California Nonresident Exemption Request, which states that you meet all the requirements to qualify for AB 540 status and, if you are undocumented, are in the process of adjusting your immigration status (or will do so as soon as you are eligible).
The exemption is not available for students who are absent from California, and are taking distance education classes from California community colleges.
Please contact our office with any further questions at (209)575-6853 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.