Determining California State Residency

Residency determines admissions criteria and fee structure for all applicants. Your residency is determined by the information submitted in your application for admission. Information on how residency is determined can be found in the CSUMB Determination of Residence Policy.

If your residency is in question or if you feel as though your residency classification is not accurate, you may complete and submit both forms:

We will use information from these forms to determine or update your residency status.

Spring Semester: Local institution Transfer deadline to submit residency forms - November 15

Fall Semester: FRESHMAN deadline to submit residency forms - January 5

Fall Semester: TRANSFER deadline to submit residency forms - March 15

Are you a non-resident who graduated/will graduate from a California High School?

Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) and Assembly Bill 2000 (AB 2000) are California laws that allows certain nonresidents who meet specified requirements to pay in-state fees (tuition) for California's public colleges and universities.

Any student, other than a nonimmigrant, who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California.

  • The student must have attended a California high school for three years or more and graduated from a California high school or
  • The student must have attained credits earned in California for three years or more equivalent to full-time high school course work and earned a GED or California High School Proficiency Examination or
  • The student must have attended a combination of elementary, middle, and/or high schools in California for a total of three years or more and graduated from a California high school or earned a GED or California School Proficiency Examination
  • The student must not hold a nonimmigrant visa such as an F or J visa

Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempt from the payment of nonresident tuition, but they will not be classified as California residents. They will continue to be nonresidents.

Are you a non-resident transfers student who completed or will be completing a total of three years of schooling in California?

Senate Bill 68 (SB68) is a California law that allows certain nonresidents who meet specific CA school education attendance requirements and graduated or will be graduating from a CA high school (or attain the equivalent) or CA Community College (or meet general transfer reqs to the CSU) to pay in-state fees (tuition) for California public colleges and universities. The following attendance and graduation requirements or equivalents must be met.

Attendance Requirements

A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to: three or more years of full-time attendance (or attainment of equivalent credits) with ONE required year being at one of the following:

  • California high school (including any California high schools established by the State Board of Education)
  • California Elementary and/or Middle School

Additionally, two or more years can be completed at one of the following:

  • California adult school (Must be equivalent to 420 hours) established by any of the following entities:
    • A county office of education
    • A unified school district or high school district
    • The department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Campuses of the California Community Colleges (12 units of credits per semester or quarter per year)

Graduation Requirements

  • Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges
  • Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the CSU for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges