In-State Tuition in California
In order to pay instate tuition, the college or university must determine that you are a California resident for tuition purposes, or that you meet the eligibility to be exempt from nonresident tuition through AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68.
If you are considered a non resident for tuition purposes, you will pay approximately three times more than a resident student. In order to become exempt from your non-resident tuition at a California public college or university, you must complete a non-resident tuition exemption form, also known as an affidavit.
Recently, a new California law expands the opportunities for individuals to receive non-resident tuition exemption, which is SB68.
Read SB68 Fact Sheet and SB68 Educator Guide which provides more detailed explanations of this new law.
Nonresident tuition exemption is not dependent on DACA
California Residency for Tuition Purposes is determined by the college and university and is different from U.S. Citizenship/Permanent Residency Status. This is based your legal presence in the state, continuous physical presence for more than one year and your intent and ability to stay in California indefinitely.
As a student who is a citizen, but whose parents are undocumented, you must follow specific steps to ensure you will be considered for resident fees and receive state-based financial, in addition to any federal aid through the FAFSA.
Resident vs. NonResident Fees: This is How Much Money You Can Save
*Private colleges and universities determine their own fee schedule and are not included within instate tuition legislation.Back to Resources