California Residency

The University of California system offers reduced tuition and fees to students who are able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for California residency for tuition purposes as determined by guidelines established by the UC Regents. For more details, please visit the following websites:

All newly admitted graduate students are required to complete a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) so that the Office of the University Registrar can determine whether you are eligible for California residency for tuition purposes. Only the UC Davis Residence Deputies are authorized to make an official determination of California residency status for that purpose. 

For additional information, please access the UC Residence Policy or contact the Residence Deputy at

What Constitutes California Residency? 

International applicants are not eligible for California residency, and domestic applicants must meet specific California residency criteria. We recommend you review the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar (OUR) webpage regarding California Residence for Purposes of Tuition. Once you have reviewed the information on the website you can make your selection in the application. Please note that you are only being asked to answer this question to the best of your knowledge. If you are admitted, OUR will request additional information to make a final determination regarding your residency.