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Residency Requirements

Students who are California residents pay in-state tuition of $46 per unit, whereas students who are non-residents pay out-of-state tuition of $395 per unit (note: these tuition fees are for the 2022-2023 academic year; the out-of-state tuition fee increases to $480 per unit beginning with the summer 2023 term). Community college enrollment fees are set by the California State Legislature. All fees are subject to change.

The term "California resident" for fee purposes may differ from other definitions of California residency. A person who has a California driver's license and/or vehicle registration or who is a California resident for tax, voting, or welfare purposes may have established legal residence in the state but not necessarily be considered a resident for fee purposes.

Residency Eligibility

To be eligible for California residency, a student must do the following:

  • Be a citizen or hold a US immigration status that does not prevent establishment of residency
  • Verify physical presence in California for at least one year and one day prior to the first day of the semester/term
  • Verify intent to make California your permanent place of residence
  • Establish financial independence from a non-resident parent or guardian

For more information, go to residency requirements on the American River College website.