Generally, California residence is established by one of the following:
- If the applicant is under the age of 18, his or her parents must have had legal residence in California for a minimum of 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester or summer session.
- If the applicant is 18 but not yet 19 years of age, the applicant and the applicant’s parents or legal guardian must have residence in California for a minimum of 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester or summer session.
- If the applicant is 19 years of age or older, the applicant must have had legal residence in California for a minimum of 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
- Alien students holding visas which do not preclude them from establishing residency in California must have legal residence in California for a minimum of 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
It is the responsibility of all students to maintain an accurate address on file with the Admissions and Records Office.
The following conditions are applicable regarding nonresident fees:
- Students who are not residents of California as of the day immediately preceding the first day of the semester or summer session are required to pay the per unit enrollment fee, the nonresident per unit tuition fee, and a per unit capital outlay fee. Please click on the Tuition and Fees link located in the menu on the left-hand side of this page to be directed to the fees page for the amounts.
- Active military personnel are exempt from nonresident tuition fees provided they are in California for a purpose other than attending a state-supported institution of higher education.
- Dependents of active military personnel are granted a one-year exemption from paying the nonresident tuition fee. The one-year period begins on the date the dependent enters California. After the exemption period has ended, dependents will be charged nonresident tuition unless they have met the residency intent and durational requirements for a one-year period prior to the residency determination date.
- Minors (under 18 years of age and not married) will be required to pay the nonresident tuition if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such minors may have lived in California for one year or more.
- Students who are financially dependent on their parents or legal guardians will be required to pay nonresident tuition if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such students may have lived in California for one year or more.
- Alien students holding visas which preclude them from establishing residency in California may be restricted in their enrollment at Golden West College and will have to pay the per unit enrollment fee, the nonresident per unit tuition fee, and a per unit capital outlay fee. Please click on the Tuition and Fees link located in the menu on the left-hand side of this page to be directed to the fees page for the amounts.
- In accordance with Education Code 68130.5 (AB 540), other than nonimmigrant aliens, students who meet all of the following requirements are exempt from paying the nonresident tuition fees.
- Attendance in a California high school for three or more years.
- Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent prior to the start of the term.
- Students without lawful immigration status must have filed an application to legalize their immigration status or will file for lawful status as soon as they are eligible to do so. The student is required to submit an affidavit with the college admissions application to verify that the student has met all conditions described above.
Note: Students who are nonimmigrant aliens (e.g., F series student visas or B series visitor visas) are not eligible for this AB 540 exemption unless they have applied to INS for a change of status to other than nonimmigrant status and meet all other requirements for the exemption.
International Students on Student (F-1) Visas Golden West College values diversity and encourages international students to seek admission. This college is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. (Code of Federal Regulations 8CFR 214.3(k) and Section 101(a)(15)(F).)
Golden West College provides an International Student Program whose team works closely to assist international students throughout their studies. The Program is housed in a new state-of-the-art facility located in the center of campus. This new Center is dedicated to serving and supporting new and continuing international students at GWC. The Program offers specialized academic counseling, expert regulatory guidance, homestay services and special student activities.
Golden West College admits international students for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. All admission material must be submitted by the following deadlines*:
- Summer April 25
- Fall July 15
- Spring December 15
*Applicants outside the U.S. are strongly advised to apply three to four months ahead of the above deadlines to accommodate possible visa processing delays.
Application/Enrollment requirements are specified below. All documentation should be mailed directly to the International Student Program at Golden West College:
1. International applicants to Golden West College must be high school graduates, be pursuing the final semester of high school or equivalent, or be 18 years of age or older. (Applicants under age 18 must submit proof of legal guardianship in the U.S.)
2. A signed, original International Student Application must be submitted along with two (2) passport-size photographs and a $55 application fee.
3. The applicant must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet all expenses during his/her period of attendance at Golden West College.
4. International students must have sufficient knowledge of English to benefit from instruction at the college level. Therefore, all applicants from non Englishspeaking countries are required to produce a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (173 computer-based/61 internet-based); or demonstrate equivalency with prior coursework (original transcripts required); or obtain a passing score on the Golden West College placement test (this option only available to students applying from within the U.S.). The college also accepts the STEP Pre-First Grade level in lieu of the TOEFL and a 5.0 score on the IELTS.
5. Arrangements should be made to have official transcripts of all high school, college and ESL coursework sent directly to the International Student Program.
6. Students transferring from another U.S. College, language program or high school must notify their current School Official of their intent to transfer. The transfer process and SEVIS release must be completed prior to the semester start date. Copies of I-94, I-20, visa and passport pages must be submitted at the time of application.
7. International students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester and pay international student (non-resident & capital outlay) fees. All fees are due at the time of registration, which will occur approximately two weeks prior to the semester start date.
8. All international students are required to purchase the college-designated medical insurance plan to be permitted to register. Private insurance is not accepted.
9. All international students are required by law to report a change of address to the school within 10 days of moving.
10. Completion of the International Student Orientation prior to the semester start date is mandatory. Important visa requirements are detailed to ensure awareness of Federal laws governing the F-1 visa.
To obtain an International Student Application and viewbook, or for more information about the International Student Program and its services, contact:
Golden West College,
International Student Program
15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Phone: (714) 895-8146
Fax: (714) 895-8973
Students Holding Visas Other Than Student (F-1) Visas
Aliens holding valid visas that are otherwise eligible for admission may enroll in classes provided that they are proficient in English and their visas do not expire before the end of the term for which they are enrolling. Contact the Enrollment Center for information concerning specific enrollment restrictions.
An alien who is precluded from establishing domicile in the United States shall not be classified as a resident unless and until he or she has been granted a change in status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to a classification which permits establishing domicile and has met all other applicable residency requirements. Aliens considered to be nonresidents are required to pay the nonresident tuition charge, and are not eligible for tuition exemption (Education Code 68130.5)