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Residence for Tuition Purposes

Prospective and Admitted Students

If you are not sure you qualify as a California resident for tuition and fees, you can review the Understanding Residency website for general information. You can also obtain detailed information by reviewing the UC Residence Policy and Guidelines.  Non-resident fees vary semester by semester.  Students who are not considered California residents for tuition purposes must pay Nonresident Supplemental Tuition (NRST), in addition to UC and campus fees.  See Fees and Expenses.

Complete the online Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) that appears on your checklist within the portal.   For assistance on completing your SLR; watch this quick SLR video.  Failure to submit your SLR or any requested documents will affect your financial aid package and nonresident fees assessed to your student account.  You can review this list of Sample SLR documents that are commonly requested.

Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Deadlines

Fall Semester

  SLR Available SLR Due Document Deadline
First Year When admitted July 5 July 31
Transfer Students When admitted July 5 July 31
Graduate Students After SIR June 15 July 31


Spring Semester

  SLR Available SLR Due Document Deadline
First Year When admitted November 05 November 15
Transfer Students When admitted November 05 November 15
Graduate Students After SIR December 15 December 31

Continuing Students (Undergraduate/Graduate)

If you have been classified as a nonresident for tuition and fees, review the 'How to change your nonresident status to resident' section. Keep in mind that you should start the process of becoming a California resident at least a year before the start of your first semester.

After submission of your SLR, students should monitor their UC Merced email for updates on status or additional information. As a reminder, your UC Merced email account is the official method of communication and students should only use their UC Merced email account when contacting our offices and always include their full name and student id number. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information!