Continuing nonresident students who feel they meet UC requirements may petition to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes.
Continuing nonresident UCLA students seeking resident status, who feel they have met all UC residence requirements, may petition for a change of status for tuition purposes by submitting a completed Petition for Residence Classification with required documentation. A student who is in California solely for educational purposes is not eligible for status as a California resident for tuition purposes.
Establishing California Residence
Students who hope to establish California residence should consider three key factors. More details about these factors accompany the residence petition.
Students must be continuously physically present in California for more than one year (366 days) immediately prior to the residence determination date (generally the first day of classes).
Residence Determination Dates
|2023-24 Academic Year Term||Residence Determination Date|
|Fall Quarter||September 28, 2023|
|Winter Quarter||January 8, 2024|
|Spring Quarter||April 1, 2024|
|Fall Semester*||August 23, 2023|
|Spring Semester*||January 16, 2024|
* Law and Medicine students only.
Actions throughout the Year
Summer actions count! Student actions during the entire year, including the summer, affect the determination made regarding residence status for tuition purposes.
A student who is in California solely for educational purposes is not eligible for California residence for tuition purposes, regardless of the length of stay. If a student returns to their former place of residence (outside California), they are presumed to be in California solely for educational purposes and only strong evidence to the contrary can refute this presumption. A student seeking to establish California residence who accepts employment or conducts research outside of California will be questioned regarding attempts to find employment and/or conduct research within California.
Leaving the state for a unique research opportunity or for special circumstances (such as a medical emergency) may not preclude the student from being classified as a resident, but the burden is on the student to provide convincing evidence that leaving California was not inconsistent with a claim of permanent residence.
Students must intend to make California their permanent home. This intent can be demonstrated by relinquishing legal ties to the former home state and establishing legal ties to California. See the University of California guidance on intent to establish California residence for details. Both students and parents must meet UC residence intent requirements.
Deadlines to Acquire Governmental Evidence of Intent
|2023-24 Academic Year Term||Intent Aquisition Deadline|
|Fall Quarter||December 9, 2022|
|Winter Quarter||March 24, 2023|
|Spring Quarter||June 16, 2023|
|Fall Semester*||December 16, 2022|
|Spring Semester*||May 12, 2023|
* Law and Medicine students only.
Undergraduate Financial Independence
Undergraduate students under 24 years of age, who do not otherwise qualify as financially independent, are considered to be dependent.
The financial independence requirement makes it extremely difficult for most undergraduate students whose parents are not California residents, including students from community colleges and other post-secondary institutions within California, to qualify for classification as a resident at the University of California. Transfer students who were classified as California residents at their previous school should not assume that they will be classified as residents at UCLA.
Students are cautioned that financial independence for tuition purposes is determined separately and only by the campus residence deputy, and that outcome may differ from financial independence as determined by Financial Aid and Scholarships based on the FAFSA.
Documentation necessary to support the petition must be submitted with the petition. All documentation is subject to residence deputy approval. Personal information such as account, Social Security, and license numbers should be redacted (blocked out) from documentation. If a document cannot be submitted with the petition, the student should attach an explanation of that document instead. Should the document be required, the student will be contacted by the residence deputy.
If a student fails to provide any or all of the required documentation by the end of the applicable term, the petition will not be processed and the student will not be classified as a resident for that term. Documentation is not accepted after the last day of the applicable term.
Submit the completed Petition for Residence Classification and documentation online. Students are encouraged to submit the petition at least three weeks before the deadline. Students are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees by the applicable fee payment deadline.
Submission Periods and Deadlines
|Term||Submission Period Begins||Submission Deadline|
|Fall Quarter||July 1||September 1|
|Winter Quarter||November 1||December 1|
|Spring Quarter||February 1||March 1|
|Fall Semester*||July 1||August 1|
|Spring Semester*||November 1||December 1|
* Law and Medicine students only