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For the purpose of determining tuition and enrollment fees, Sierra College students are subject to the legal residence restrictions established by the California legislature. Residency is determined at the time of admission and will require a statement of legal residence.

Residency is determined by the union of physical presence and evidence of intent to make California your permanent home. Verification of the aforementioned must be dated one year and one day prior to the start date of the semester or term you wish to enroll.

If you have been classified as a nonresident and you wish to be re-classified as a California resident, you will be required to provide documentation along with a completed Residency Reclassification Petition to the Admissions Office. 

If you wish to be considered for this waiver, please submit the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request, to Admissions and Records.


  • 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 Proficiency exam).
  • An alien 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.

To read more about California residency information, please check out the following links:

Ten Things You Should Know About California Residency

California Residency Requirements Information

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