Residency Requirements

To receive full support, students are expected to be in residence 9 months of the year. They are expected not to perform any outside activities that will interfere with the full-time pursuit of graduate studies.

Although there is no summer residency requirement for graduate students not receiving summer compensation (i.e. Summer Session TAships, Graduate Student Research appointments), graduates are strongly advised to continue to work on their research with their advisor for at least two months over the summer.

California Residency

The department pays non-resident supplemental tuition U.S. citizens who are residents of other states for the first year only and expects students to obtain California residency before the fall quarter of their second year. In order to do this, students need to provide the Registrar’s Office with information establishing residency in California for one year. To prepare for this process, students should be collecting the following documentation: California driver's license, voter registration card, bank statements for one year, California state tax return, vehicle registration, rental agreement showing residency for one year, and/or pay stubs from employment of W-2 forms. For further questions regarding residency, please contact the Residence Deputy at the Registrar's Office (858-534-4586).