A student is considered a California resident for tuition purposes if they are a citizen,
permanent resident or person on an eligible immigration status who has established
both physical presence and intent to make California their permanent home for at least
one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. It is incumbent upon the
student to provide documented evidence of their residency.
To reclassify residency status students must submit the residency questionnaire form with the required documentation. Reclassification requests must be submitted
within the current fiscal year to have fees adjusted.
The residency questionnaire must be filled out completely and signed. Please note that all documentation provided
must be dated at least one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. Non-citizens
must provide proof of their eligibility to establish residency.
Once the residency questionnaire and documentation have been submitted, the Office
of Admissions and Records will make a determination. The student will be notified
via the college issued email address, accessed through Insite/WebAdvisor.
You may establish your residency by submitting the following required documentation:
- Proof of eligibility (if non-citizen).
- California State taxes for the year prior to the start of term.
- A California issued driver’s license or ID card (issued 1 year and 1 day prior to
start of term).
If you do not have both California taxes and a valid California driver's license or
ID, you must provide 3 forms of proof from the lists below, at least one must be from
CA driver’s license or ID card
Divorce papers issued from CA
Registering to vote and voting in CA
Licensing from CA for professional practice
Carrying on of business or employment in CA
Vehicle registration in CA
Recipient of CA state services
Ownership of residential property as primary residence
Continuous occupancy of rented or leased property in CA
Active resident membership in service or social club
Maintaining active checking/savings accounts in CA banks
Possession of hunting/fishing license as a CA resident
Federal taxes showing CA address (not used in conjunction with state taxes)
Utility bills (cell-phone not accepted)
Official high school transcripts (not college)
Affidavit from landlord stating length of residence
Any student, other than a non-immigrant (for example, those who hold F, B, J visas,
etc.), who meets all of the following requirements, shall be exempt from paying nonresident
- The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for
three or more years.
- The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent
prior to the start of the term (for example, passing the GED or California High School
- A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an affidavit with the
college or university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize
his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is
eligible to do so.
Nonresident students meeting the criteria will be exempted from the payment of nonresident
tuition, but they will not be classified as California residents. They continue to
The California Dream Act of 2011 was passed into laws AB 130 and AB 131. At Diablo
Valley College these laws allows undocumented AB 540 eligible students to apply for
and receive several types of financial aid. For more information visit the Financial Aid page.
Submitting an AB540
Submit the AB540 form with either official or unofficial high school transcript to the Admissions and Records
Office. Please fill out the form completely including DVC student ID#. Students will
be notified of their results via email.
Effective January 1, 2014- concurrently enrolled students (high school students enrolled in college classes)
who are classified as non-resident students for tuition purposes may be eligible for
the SB150 waiver of non-resident tuition while still in high school. Students must
be special admit part-time (enrolled in 11 units or less) students who currently reside
in California and are attending high school in California. Students wishing to take
advantage of this exemption should complete a residency reclassification form and
attach a copy of high school transcripts showing current enrollment. Forms and attachments
should be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office.
Please place it under the information regarding AB540 on the residency page.