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Admissions Information

WHO MAY ATTEND?
Folsom Lake College is open to those individuals who are high school graduates (or the equivalent) or who are at least 18 years of age and able to profit from the instruction offered.   A completed application with declared residency must be submitted by all students prior to enrolling in classes.

Courses Open to All
Every course, course section, or class offered by the Los Rios Community College District that receives state support is open to you if you have been admitted to the college and meet the course requirements (prerequisites) unless specifically exempted by law, and as may be established to Chapter II, Division 2, Part VI, Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, commencing with Section 51006.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
Students requesting reclassification of their residency status to California resident must complete the Residency Reclassification Application (see link below) AND submit at least 2 forms of documentation that support the application (click here for examples of documentation we will accept).  State requirements to become a California resident are described in the California Education Code and California Code of Regulations (Title 5).

Under California law, to be reclassified from a non-resident to a California resident, a student must clearly demonstrate:
1. Physical presence in California,
2. Intent to reside in California permanently, and
3. Financial independence, if the student was classified as non-resident in a preceding term.

Eligibility
Physical presence in the State of California for one year does not automatically qualify a student as a California resident.  To be eligible for California residency, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or hold a U.S. Immigration status that does not prevent establishment of residency. The following visa status holders cannot establish residency regardless of the length of time in California:  B-1, B-2, C, D-1, D-2, F-1, F-2, H-2, H-3, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2, O-2, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, Q and TN/TD.  *
  2. Verify physical presence in California one year and one day prior to the first day of the semester (the residency determination date).
  3. Clearly verify intent to make California your permanent place of residence.
  4. Establish financial independence from a non-resident parent or guardian.

* If you are the holder of a visa type that prohibits establishment of residency but you have filed for a change of status, then you are able to submit a request for residency reclassification.  Your residency determination date is based on the date of your application of change of status (submit copy of the Notice of Action from INS for the status adjustment).

Establishing Residency
A student must establish his/her own residency.  A student's residency cannot be derived from his/her spouse or domestic partner.

Students under 19 years of age and unmarried derive California residency from their parents. The parents must meet the eligibility requirements and provide required documentation demonstrating physical presence in California and intent to make California their permanent residence. Documents showing the relationship may be required.  Students 19 years of age or older usually will not derive residency from a parent.

AB 540, AB 2000 & SB 68: Non-Resident Tuition Exemptions
Individuals who have met certain criteria based on previous education wihtin the state of California may qualify for non-resident tuition exemptions provided under State law.

AB 343 Non-Resident Tuition Exemption
A student of the California Community Colleges who has a special immigrant visa that has been granted a status under Section 1244 of Public Law 110-181 or under Public Law 109-163, or is a refugee admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States code, and who, upon entering the United States, settled in California, shall be exempt from paying the non-resident tuition fee required by Section 76140 for the length of time he or she lives in this state up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident.

Reclassification of Residency - Appointment to Submit Application/Documentation
You must make an appointment in order to submit your residency reclassification paperwork.  Please call 916-608-6568 for your appointment.  In order to not be dropped from your classes due to non-payment of fees, you should initiate your residency reclassification PRIOR to enrollment in classes.

Residency Reclassification Form
Examples of Documentation that will be accepted for Residency Reclassification

AB 540, AB 2000 & SB 68 Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form

AB 343 Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request Form

Ten Things You Should Know about California Residency

Exceptions to Residency Regulations
California Residency Requirements - Financial Independence
California Residency Requirements - Minors