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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, currently the fees are $14,496 for undergraduate students and $7,551 for graduate students.

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.

Deadline: Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year June 5 November 21
Transfer Students July 5

November 21

Graduate Students June 15 December 15

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!