Systemwide Human Resources

Exceptions and Exemptions


If a student does not qualify as a California resident, there are certain exceptions that may allow a student to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes. To qualify for these exceptions, the student must be legally capable of establishing residence in the United States and satisfy the exception requirements on the Residence Determination Date for the term in question (not one year prior).

The following are exceptions applicable to students legally capable of establishing residency:

  1. Dependent of a California resident
  2. Graduate of a California school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  3. Employees of the CSU or state employees assigned outside California and their spouses, registered domestic partners and children
  4. Employees of school districts
  5. State Government Legislature or Executive Fellowship Program enrolee
  6. Amateur student athletes
  7. Spouse or child of deceased law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention public employee
  8. Undergraduate dependent of September 11, 2011 attack victims

Other Exceptions:
Military personnel: a number of exceptions are available to active military personnel, their dependents or to recently discharged military personnel.

Contact the campus admissions office for more information on exceptions. To find the campus contact information, click here.


The student must have:

  1. Attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years, or
  2. Attained credits earned in California from a California high school, equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework, AND attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools for a total of three or more years. Students interested in other eligibility requirements for AB 540/AB 2000 may do so on the AB 540/AB 2000 website.

Exemption Form