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Residency Requirement
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Admission Requirements

Any person 18 years or older, or who has a high school diploma or its equivalent, is eligible to enroll at Long Beach City College, provided the applicant otherwise meets the admission requirements.

All students are classified as either a California "resident" or a "non-resident." In general, a student must have lived in the state of California with full intent to remain as a permanent resident for at least one year prior to the start of the semester in order to be classified as a "resident."

In order to be considered California residents, students must provide evidence of intent to become a permanent California resident, such as a California driver's license, voter registration, car registration, proof of purchase of a home, etc, that is a year old before the semester begins. No single document is necessarily conclusive proof. California residence cannot be granted if there is evidence of any such document from another state. Residence for unmarried minors (those under 18) will be determined by the residence of the parent with whom the student lives. Students must establish that they have lived in California, with the intent to become a permanent resident, for more than one year before the start of the semester they plan to attend.

Students who are not U.S. citizens must verify their immigration status at the time of registration. If classified as a non-resident, they must pay non-resident tuition. Foreign students who plan to enroll with a student visa (F-1) must have the application files completed at least three weeks before the start of the semester. No I-20 will be issued until all requirements are met.

The above statements on residence are not intended to include all of the laws governing residence. The full text of the laws is presented in the California Education Code, available in the college library.

Students must submit the appropriate admissions applications and/or enrollment forms for each term they wish to attend. Documents, such as applications and transcripts, submitted to the college become the property of Long Beach City College and will not be returned and may not be duplicated.

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