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California Residency Information

Welcome to the Residency Information Page.

Here you will find information on what is required to establish residency for tuition purposes at OCC, the Statement of Residence form to request a review of residence status, enrolling is classes as a concurrent High School and more. ​​​​​ If you need additional information or have questions email occresidency@occ.cccd.edu

California Residency​

For questions regarding California residency email occresidency@occ.cccd.edu

Statement of Residence Form
 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request

Residence Classification: The initial residency classification will be made at the time the student applies for admission. Students may file residency questionnaire forms through the third week of the semester to request a review of their residency status. Final residency determination is made by the College Admissions Office. Students must be notified of residence determination within 14 calendar days of submission of a completed application. Students may appeal the decision (see below). Residency classifications shall be determined for each student at the time of each registration and whenever a student has not been in attendance for more than one semester. Residence classifications are to be made in accordance with the following provisions:  A residence determination date is that day immediately preceding the opening day of instruction for any session during which the student proposes to attend.  Residence classification is the responsibility of the College Admissions Office.

Residence Requirements: Establishing California residence requires both physical presence in California AND objective evidence that there is intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose. The one year and one day residence period does not begin until you are present in California AND have demonstrated clear intent to become a resident of California (California Administrative Code Title 5, Sections 54020 & 54028). 
Note:  If you have entered the U.S. from another country, the College is required to use your immigration status to determine your residency. 
 
Physical Presence:  You must have been physically present in California for one year and one day on the first day of the term you wish to be classified as a California Resident (California Administrative Code Title 5, Section 54022).
 
Intent to Remain in California: Intent to make California your home for other than a temporary purpose may be demonstrated in several ways. You must provide a minimum of two (2) items from different categories on the list below that are dated at least one year and one day prior to the first day of the term (California Administrative Code Title 5, Section 54024). All official documents presented must be valid, readable, dated at least one year and one day prior to the residence determination date, and be properly identified with respect to the student’s name and California address.

Financial Independence (reclassification): Under Title V of the California Code of Regulations §54032, a student seeking reclassification as a resident, who was classified as a nonresident in the preceding term, shall be determined financially independent or dependent in accordance with California Education Code §68044 which requires that the financial independence to be included in the factors considered in determination of residence reclassification.

Any student claiming application of the self-supporting exception pursuant to Education Code §68071 shall provide evidence such as: documentation, including W-2 forms or a letter from the employer, showing earnings for the year immediately preceding the residence determination date of attendance, a statement that the student has actually been present in California for said year (short absences from the state for business or pleasure will not preclude the accumulation of time) and a statement showing all expenses of the student for said year.
 
**All proof documentation must be dated on or before the dates listed below:    
 
Spring Semester & Winter Intersession 2016:  January 29, 2015
Summer Semester 2016:  June 12, 2015
Fall Semester 2016:  August 28, 2015
Spring Semester & Winter Intersession 2017:  January 29, 2016
Summer Semester 2017:  June 11, 2016 
Fall Semester 2017:  August 27, 2016
Spring Semester & Winter Intersession 2018:  January 28, 2017

State Approved Residency Proofs

Note:  Although a minimum of two proofs is required for residency reclassification consideration, the burden of proof remains in the hands of the requestor.  Therefore, the Enrollment Center reserves the right to request additional documentation in its efforts to determine CA Residency for tuition purposes.  
 
1. A. Current California driver’s license or Department of Motor Vehicles documentation of California driver’s license. – State law requires a resident driver to obtain a California driver’s license within 10 days from the date residence is established. 
    OR
    B. California Identification card.
 
2. California Motor Vehicle registration – California Registration Certificate.
 
3. Establishing and maintaining active California bank accounts – bank statement or letter of verification from bank w/Calif. address.
 
4. Records of Income:
A. Documentation of employment – check stub, typed and signed letter from employer on company letter head with employment start date, or company identification (work badge with employment dates).
 
B. California Resident State Income Tax Form 540NR (required by law of any part-year, taxpaying resident of California), 
OR 540 or 540A, from previous 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 note from the employer, or other verification.
 
C. Federal Income Tax Form 1040A or 1040EZ from previous 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 note from the employer, or other verification.
5. Verification of California Voter Registration-Voter Registration Card.
 
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 one year.
 
7. Selective Service registration with California permanent address – Selective Service Registration Card.
 
8. Maintaining permanent military address or home of record in California while in armed forces – DD214.
 
9. Documentation of the student as a California resident having received rehabilitation, unemployment, welfare, or other State Services–service receipts or agreements of certification by the appropriate agency showing the student as recipient.
 
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 – school organization not accepted.​​​

California residence may be established by one of the following:

If the applicant is under the age of 18, his or her parents must have had legal residence within the State of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
 
1. If the applicant is 18 but not yet 19 years of age, the applicant and the applicant’s parents must have had legal residence within the State of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester.
2. If the applicant is 19 years of age or older, the applicant must have had legal residence within the State of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the day before the first day of the semester. If the applicant’s parents or legal guardian’s reside out-of-state, the student must be financially independent (see Non-California Residents #2.)
3. A non-citizen holding a visa that does not preclude the student from establishing residency in California must have legal residence in California for 12 consecutive months proceeding the day before the first day of the semester. 
4. If you have entered the U.S. from another country, the College is required to use your immigration status to determine your residency.

Non-California Residents

Students who do not meet the California residence requirements as of the day immediately preceding the first day of the semester or summer session are required to pay the non-resident tuition fees. This includes:
1. Minors (under 18 years of age and not married) will be required to pay the non-resident tuition fee if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such minors may have lived in the State of California for one year or more.
2. Students who are financially dependent on their parents or legal guardians will be required to pay non-resident tuition if their parents or legal guardians reside outside the state even though such students may have lived in the State of California for one year or more.
3. Students holding visas that preclude them from establishing residency in California may be restricted in their enrollment and will have to pay non-resident tuition. In addition, students with visas who are citizens of another country are required to pay an additional per unit capital outlay fee. See the class schedule for the amount of the fee.

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