Nonresident classification can be appealed, but only in limited cases. The process is handled by the UC Office of General Counsel.
Students do not have an automatic right to appeal every nonresident determination. The University of California permits appeals only if at least one the following is true:
- The nonresident classification was based on an error made by UC, including a significant error of fact, a significant procedural error, or an incorrect application of policy, which if corrected would require reclassification as a resident
- Significant new information became available after the date of the campus decision, and despite the exercise of reasonable diligence (care and attention), the information was not previously known or available
If a student is classified as a nonresident, it is unlikely the decision will be reversed on appeal.
All appeals regarding residence for tuition purposes are handled by the UC Office of General Counsel (OGC). Only OGC is authorized to overturn a campus residence determination. Only OGC staff are authorized to explain or provide information regarding UC residence policy pertaining to appeals.
To appeal a classification decision, use the Application to Appeal a Nonresident Classification.
Appeal applications and required documentation should be sent by e-mail, fax, or postal mail to
UC Office of General Counsel
1111 Franklin St 8th Floor
Oakland CA 94607-5200
If a student is denied resident status and the application to appeal is accepted by the OGC residency analyst, a response may be expected from the analyst in six to eight weeks after receipt.