The Office of Admission at each campus must determine the residence status of all new and returning students for tuition purposes.  Non-residents are required to pay non-resident tuition.  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.

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

  1. They have the legal immigration status to establish California residency
  2. The have demonstrated the legal intent to establish California residency
  3. They have established and maintained a physical presence and permanent residence in California
  4. They have demonstrated financial independence when seeking reclassification

Residence determination dates for each academic term for Cal State East Bay are:

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

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

To establish residency a student must be either a U.S. citizen or must have a legal immigration status allowing the establishment of residency.

To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, a student (or the parent if the student is a minor), must meet each of the following criteria one year immediately prior to the Residency Determination Date:

  1. Physical Presence. The student must establish physical presence in California one year immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date of the term for which classification as a resident is requested. Continuous physical presence is not mandatory, but a student who leaves California has the burden of clearly demonstrating their retention of California residence during periods of absence. Failure to do so will result in a determination of non-resident.
  1. Residential Intent. The student must demonstrate through legal documentation that their physical presence was coupled with the intent to make California their permanent home. Evidence of intent must be in place one year immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date. Intent is an independent element of residence, and is demonstrated by establishing residential ties in California, and relinquishing ties to the former place of residence. Physical presence within California solely for educational purposes does not constitute establishment of California residence. Documents supporting proof of intent must be in place one year prior to the Residence Determination Date, and can include, but are not limited to:
    1. Registering to vote and voting in California
    2. Registering a motor vehicle owned or operated in California
    3. Obtaining a California driver's license or ID card. The California ID card does not take the place of the driver’s license if you drive
    4. Filing a resident or nonresident state personal income tax return
    5. Ownership of residential property or continuous occupancy or renting of an apartment on a lease basis where your personal belongings are kept
    6. Maintaining an active bank account with a bank with a California branch for the prior year
    7. Licensing from the state for professional practice
    8. Maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California
    9. Military leave and earning statements showing California as legal residence for the prior year
    10. Maintaining active resident memberships in professional organizations

  2. Financial Independence. This requirement does not apply to incoming students. However, financial independence is a requirement for students who entered Cal State East Bay as a nonresident student and wish to reclassify to California resident for tuition purposes in a subsequent term. In such cases, the campus must consider whether the student is financially dependent on parents as defined in the California Education Code, section 68044. Students must provide documentation that proves their financial independence from their parents, both in the current year, and in the prior three years. A student shall be considered financially independent for purposes of this section if the applicant meets all of the following requirements:
    1. Has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his or her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
    2. Has not and will not receive more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per year in financial assistance from his or her parent in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years prior to the reclassification application.
    3. Has not and will not live with parents for more than 6 weeks per calendar year in the current calendar year nor in any of the previous three calendar years.

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

  • Submit a Residency Questionnaire along with supporting documentation to the Residency Specialist in the Office of Admission.
  • If you are eligible for the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540), print the AB540 form, complete it and submit it to the Residence Specialist in the Office of Admission. More information about AB540 may be found at California Dream Act.  Please note:  exemption requests will not be considered until AFTER we receive official high school transcripts showing a graduation date.
  • Once documents have been submitted and reviewed, any change in residency status will be noted on the Student Center of your MyCSUEB.
  • 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 Specialist.

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.

Appeals must be submitted through the CSU Residency website at  Appeals via email, fax, and U.S. mail will not be accepted.

For questions or more information, please contact one of the following:

If you are a freshman or transferring undergraduate:

If you are an international student:

If you are a master's or credential applicant:

You can also mail residency documents to:

Residency Specialist
CSU East Bay
Office of Admission 
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. 
Hayward, CA 94542