Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm
Phone: (714) 895-8306
1st floor, Student Services Center
Residency Clerk: Jessica Sanchez
Based on the answers you provided on the state wide OpenCCC admissions application, you have been classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes pending your ability to prove residency. When you register for classes you will be charged the non-resident tuition fees in addition to all other required student fees. Students who wish to change status from non-resident to resident for tuition purposes must prove both physical presence in California for one full year immediately preceding the semester residency determination date, and intent to make California the permanent home for the past year (California Administrative Code, Title V, § 54024). Students who attended an out-of-state public college may be required to show proof of paying nonresident tuition at that college. Presence and intent may be manifested in many ways, and no one factor is controlling. As per California Code of Regulations, §54026, California Administrative Code, the burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly both physical presence in California and intent to establish California residence. Persons generally ineligible to establish California residency include: students under age 18, students dependent on out-of-state parents/guardians, and students who hold a visa status that precludes establishing residency.
For review and consideration of a change in California State residency status for tuition purposes, students not precluded from establishing California State residency must complete and submit the Statement of Residence form, and provide two (2) documents from two (2) different categories from the Residency Determination Checklist numbered below as evidence of physical presence and intent. Documents must be valid, readable, dated at least one year and one day prior to the start of the semester (residency determination date) requested for reclassification, and be properly identified with respect to the student’s name and California address. Residency documentation can be mailed or submitted in person to the Enrollment Center, or sent via email as pdf attachments to the Residency Specialist.
Admissions and Records reserves the right to request additional documentation from a student in an effort to determine California Residency for tuition purposes.
Please note: Students who are in the process of requesting a change of residency status must meet the fee obligation and refund deadlines for their courses in order to have their fees adjusted after the residency determination.
1. A. Current California driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicles documentation of California driver’s license.
B. California Identification card.
2. California Motor Vehicle registration – California Vehicle Registration Certificate/Vehicle Title
3. Establishing and maintaining active California bank accounts – Bank statement with California address
4. Records of Income:
A. Documentation of employment
Pay check stub, typed and signed letter from employer on company letter head with employment start date or company identification or work badge with employment dates.
B. California Resident State Income Tax Form 540NR (required by law of any part-year, taxpaying resident of California State), 540 or 540A, including W2 form from previous tax year. (If the end of the tax year does not fall one year and one day prior to the residence determination date, one of the following documents so dated is also required: check stubs, a letter from the employer)
C. Federal Income Tax Form 1040A or 1040EZ including W2 form from previous tax year with California address. (If the end of the tax year does not fall one year and one day prior to the residence determination date, one of the following documents so dated is also required: check stubs, a letter from employer)
5. Verification of California Voter Registration
6. Documentation of purchase and occupancy of residential real estate in California – Loan papers, tax receipts, escrow papers or documentation of rental residential lease for over one year.
7. Selective Service Registration Card – with California permanent address
8. DD214 or Military Orders – Maintaining permanent military address or Home of Record (HOR) in California while serving in armed forces
9. Documentation of California State Services – Agreements of certification by appropriate agency showing the student as recipient; unemployment, welfare, Medi-Cal, or other CA State Services; CA State Benefits Identification Card
10. Petition for a divorce in California – Legal document
11. License from California for professional practice – Legal document
12. Documentation of active resident membership in California professional, service, or social organization – Non-profit organization, Union membership, Sport or hobby organization (School organizations not accepted)
Education Code Section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tuition fee exemption to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and refugee students who settled in California upon entering the United States. The exemption is granted for one year from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States.
This exemption applies to the following:
- Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L.No.110-181, &1244)
- Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L.No.109-163, &1059)
- Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government or in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (Pub.L.No.111-8, $602)
- Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code
As per California Code of Regulations, §54026, California Administrative Code, the burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly both physical presence in California and intent to establish California residence.
VISA STUDENTS ONLY: California residency may be approved if the issue date is more than one full year preceding the start of the semester.
Eligible Visas: A- ‐1, A- ‐2, A- ‐3, E- ‐1, E- ‐2, E- ‐3, G- ‐1, G- ‐2, G- ‐3, G- ‐4, G- ‐5, H- ‐1, H1B, H1C, H- ‐4, I, K- ‐1, K- ‐2, K- ‐3, K- ‐4, L- ‐1A, L1B, L- ‐2, N- ‐8, N- ‐9, NATO- ‐1 thru NATO- ‐7, O- ‐1, O- ‐3, R- ‐1, R- ‐2, T- ‐1, T- ‐2, T- ‐3, T- ‐4, U- ‐1, U- ‐2, U- ‐3, U- ‐4, and V- ‐1, V- ‐2, V- ‐3
VISAS PRECLUDED FROM ESTABLISHING RESIDENCY
The following visa status holders are precluded from establishing domicile regardless of their length of stay in the U.S.: B-1, B-2**, C-1, C-1D, C-2, C-3, C-4, D-1, D-2, F-1, F-2, F-3, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, H-4 (if spouse or child of H-1B1, H-2A, H-2B, or H-3) J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2, M-3, O-2, O-3 (if spouse or child of O-2), P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, Q-1, Q-2, Q-3, S-5, S-6, TWOV (transit without visa), and NAFTA TN and TD. Undocumented and out-of-status immigrants are also prohibited from establishing residency. Also precluded are aliens under an “Order of Supervision,” on “parole” status, visitors possessing a Border Crossing Card (BCC), Bering Straits (BE) agreement entrants, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) entrants under nonimmigrant categories WB and WT, and aliens whose very presence is unlawful, or those who overstay their visas (undocumented or out-of-status). **B-1/B-2 are not eligible to study at Golden West College
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Phone: (714) 895-8306
1st floor, Student Services Center