How to Apply for Residency (for Tuition Purposes)

Resident and nonresident classifications for purposes of tuition and fees are determined by the Residence Deputy and based on the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and supporting documentation. The Residence Deputy reserves the right to request additional documentation if they deem it necessary to make a determination.

To be considered for a resident classification, you:

  • must provide clear and convincing evidence that you have satisfied all UC residence requirements
  • must complete an SLR before the deadline; if you miss the deadline, you will be classified as a nonresident and will be responsible for all nonresident fees

Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) DEADLINES

New Freshman

Term SLR Available SLR Due Document Deadline
Fall When admitted May 1 August 1
Spring When admitted May 1 December 15

 

Transfer Undergraduates & New Graduates

Term SLR Available SLR Due Document Deadline
Fall When admitted June 1 August 1
Spring When admitted June 1 December 15

 

Continuing Students

Term SLR Available SLR Due Document Deadline
Fall April 1 July 15 August 1
Spring October 1 December 1 December 15

 

How Do I...?

Apply for Residency for Tuition Purposes

New Students
All new students are required to submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) upon submitting your Statement of Intent to Register. The SLR is a form used in determining whether you will be charged resident or nonresident fees. If you do not complete the SLR before the deadline, you will be classified as a nonresident and will be responsible for all nonresident fees.

This SLR form is available online to complete as part of the enrollment process. You may need information from your parents to complete the form. Go to: CalCentral and look under My Academics. 

Continuing Students (Currently Classified as Nonresidents)
If you are a continuing student who is currently classified as a nonresident and you would like to be classified as a resident, you must fill out a Statement of Legal Resident (SLR) for the corresponding semester. You may need information from your parents to complete the form.

The SLR form is available online. Go to:

Spring 2016: BearFacts

Fall 2016:  CalCentral; the SLR can be found in Cal Central under any one of these three sections: "My Dashboard", "Tasks" or "Notifications." If you dismissed the notification and wish to submit the SLR, please click on "Archive of Official Communication" at the bottom of the Notifications section of CalCentral. If the Statement of Legal Residence checklist item does not appear on your CalCentral checklist, please contact our office: orres@berkeley.edu

Students Applying for Readmission
If you are applying for readmission, you must download and complete this Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and submit it with the readmission application. Check CalCentral for your residency determination and next steps.

Find a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Form

The SLR form is available online. Go to:

Spring 2016: BearFacts (filing period currently closed)

Fall 2016 and beyond:  CalCentral under My Dashboard, Tasks or Notifications

For readmitted students filing for fall 2016: the SLR is available as a downloadable PDF

Submit My Documents

You will be notified online if the Residence Affairs Unit requires documentation to complete your residency application. You are required to submit all requested documentation in order to make a residency determination. Go to:

Spring 2016: MyResidency

Fall 2016: CalCentral (in your checklist under My Dashboard, Tasks or Notifications) 

Upload your documents (in Cal Central, using your CalCentral checklist). On your checklist, you will have the opportunity to upload the appropriate document. You may also submit documents to the Residence Affairs Unit by fax, in person during our drop-in hours, at Cal Student Central from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sproul Hall, or by postal mail. 

If we require additional documents from you not listed on your checklist, our office may contact you by email or phone. If you have issues with uploading your documents or other questions, please contact the Residence Affairs Unit.

Know When My Residency Status is Determined

Once you submit all the requested documentation, our office will make a residency determination. This process can take anywhere from two to six weeks:

  • After an initial review of your SLR, the Residence Deputy may request additional information or documents. You are required to submit all the requested documentation in order for the Residency Deputy to make a residency determination.
  • If you do not submit all of the requested information or documents, the Residence Deputy will make a decision based on the documents or information available. In these cases, you will be considered a nonresident and held responsible for nonresident tuition.
  • After the Residence Deputy has made a decision about residency, no additional information or documentation is accepted and is considered final at the campus level for that semester.  

Check My SLR Status

To check your SLR Status, you need to go to CalCentral.

Go to My Academics. Under Status, Holds and Blocks, view the link under your Residency Status

Or, go to My Dashboard and find the completed task for the Statement of Legal Residence and submit.

To understand your SLR status, please see the following definitions:

  • AUTO RESIDENCY DETERMINED - a residency determination was made without any requested documents.
  • AWAITING DOCUMENTS - the Residence Affairs Unit is waiting for you to submit the requested documents through Cal Central to complete your file for final review; if you do not submit all requested documents you will be held responsible for non-resident tuition.
  • DOCUMENTS RECEIVED - your residency file is in the final evaluation phase, which may take 4 to 6 weeks during peak processing time (April to August). Further documentation may be required, please check Cal Central periodically for any "Incomplete" tasks.
  • NOT SUBMITTED - your SLR has not been submitted and no further action will be taken from the Residence Affairs Unit; if you do not submit the SLR you will be held responsible for nonresident tuition.
  • RESIDENCY DETERMINED - a residency determination was made after reviewing all requested documents; the determination letter was either sent by email to your email address on file or via messages in CalCentral.
  • SUBMITTED - your SLR has been submitted and is awaiting the first review/evaluation by a Residency Deputy; documents may be required after the initial review - please see CalCentral periodically under "Tasks" for a list of required documents. The initial review of the SLR may take three to four weeks during our peak processing time (April to August).