(Allan Hancock College Board Policy 5015)
California state law requires that each student enrolled in or applying for admission to a California community college provide information and evidence as deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District to determine his/her/their residence classification.
Rules of Residency-Adults Over 19 Years of Age
Note: No one factor is controlling - all three criteria must be met. The responsibility for establishing residency lies with the student.
A student over 19 years of age may establish California residency by meeting the three requirements listed below. Each requirement must be as close to one year as possible.
Verify physical presence in California one year prior to the day before the start of the semester. Residency is determined by union of act and intent. The one-year period begins when the student is not only present in California but also has demonstrated clear intent to become a permanent resident of California.
Clearly verify an intent to make California a permanent place of residency by:
- Filing California state tax as a resident;
- Maintaining California as legal state of residence on Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and W-2 form while in the armed forces for one year prior to the start of the semester of enrollment;
- Possessing California motor vehicle license plates and registration;
- Possessing a valid California driver’s license or a Department of Motor Vehicles ID card;
- Registering to vote and voting in California.
- Showing California as a home address on federal tax forms;
- Being a petitioner for divorce in California;
- Obtaining a license from California for professional practice;
- Establishing and maintaining active California bank accounts;
- Owning residential property;
- Holding active membership in service or social clubs;
- Having spouse, children, or other close relatives reside in California.
Not be involved in conduct inconsistent with a claim of California. Some examples of inconsistent conduct which nullify intent are:
- Maintaining voter registration in another state;
- Being a petitioner for divorce in another state;
- Attending an out-of-state institution as a resident of that state;
- Declaring no residency for state income tax purposes;
- Retaining a driver’s license and/or keeping a vehicle registered in another state during the time period for which California residence is claimed; and/or
- Paying as a resident state income tax in another state, or being claimed as dependent in a tax return filed in another.
Questions? Contact Admissions and Records (bldg. A) at the Santa Maria campus, or 805-922-6966 ext.3248, or bldg. 1 at the Lompoc Valley Center or 805-735-3366.