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Exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (Proof of Eligibility is Required)

  1. Former/Current Member of the Military and their Dependent Children, Spouses and Registered Domestic Partners

    The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008* provides that any student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) who is a Member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for a period of more than 30 days[1] and whose domicile or permanent duty station[2] is in California, or the spouse, registered domestic partner, or dependent child of such a Member, may be entitled to an exemption from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Following a subsequent change in the Member’s permanent duty station to a location outside California, the Member’s spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child who remains continuously enrolled at the University may continue to receive the exemption.

    [1] Federal law grants eligibility to a Member of the Armed Forces who “is” on active duty for 30 days. This is interpreted to mean that as of the RDD of the term for which the student (i.e., Member, spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child) seeks to qualify for an exemption, the Member must be on active duty status, but if the Member has been on active duty for less than 30 days, he or she can satisfy the 30-day requirement if there is adequate proof that the status will continue for at least 30 days.

    [2] Federal law provides that “domicile or permanent duty station” may be in California. Since “domicile” does not refer to station status, but appears to mean the location where the Member currently lives (even if only temporarily), a temporary assignment to California should not preclude eligibility for an exemption. However, the Permanent Duty Station or Permanent Change in Station MUST be in California.

    *Because eligibility requirements may be different under federal law than state law, the Residence Deputy will make a determination of eligibility under both federal and state law and assign the benefit that is more advantageous to the student. Click here for more information about Military Waiver of Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

  2. Child, Spouse, or Registered Domestic Partner of Faculty Member To the extent funds are available, if you are an unmarried dependent child under age 21 or the spouse or registered domestic partner of a member of the University faculty who is a member of the Academic Senate, you may be eligible for a waiver of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Confirmation of the faculty member's membership on the Academic Senate must be secured each semester before this waiver is granted.
  3. Child, Spouse, or Registered Domestic Partner of University Employee If you are an unmarried dependent child or the spouse or the registered domestic partner of a full-time University employee whose assignment is outside California (e.g., Los Alamos National Laboratory or the University of California Washington, DC, Center), you may be eligible for a waiver of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Your parent's, spouse's, or registered domestic partner's employment status with the University must be ascertained each semester.
  4. Child, Spouse, or Registered Domestic Partner of Deceased Public Law Enforcement or Fire Suppression Employee If you are the child, spouse, or registered domestic partner of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employee who was a California resident and was killed in the course of fire suppression or law enforcement duties, you may be entitled to a waiver of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.
  5. Dependent Child of a California Resident Parent If you have not been an adult resident of California for more than one year and you are a dependent child of a California resident parent who has been a resident for more than one year immediately before the residence determination date, you may be entitled to a waiver of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition until you have resided in California for the minimum time necessary to become a resident as long as you maintain continuous attendance at an educational institution.
  6. Native American Graduates of a BIA High School If you are a graduate of a California high school operated by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, you may be eligible for an exemption from the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.
  7. Employee of a California Public School District Any person holding a valid California teaching credential who is employed by a California public school district in a full-time certificated position may be eligible for a Nonresident Supplemental Tuition waiver.
  8. Student Athlete in Training at U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista Any amateur student athlete in training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista may be eligible for a waiver of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition until he or she has resided in the state the minimum time necessary to become a resident.
  9. Graduate of a California High School (AB540) You may be entitled to an exemption from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition if you attended high school in California for three (3) or more years and graduated from a California high school (or attained the equivalent). You are not eligible for this exemption if you are a nonimmigrant alien.
  10. Spouses, Registered Domestic Partners, and Dependents of California Residents Killed in September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks If you are an undergraduate student who is a surviving spouse, registered domestic partner, or dependent child of a California resident killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, you may be eligible for an exemption from the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.
  11. Recipient or Child of a Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor If you are a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or the child of a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, you may be eligible for an exemption from the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

Note: This is only a summary of the University's residence provisions for exemptions. If you have questions or require further information, please contact the Residence Affairs unit at orres@berkeley.edu or call 510.642.5990.

This page was last updated on Friday, April 01, 2011