Admission Requirements

California Residents

Admission to any of California's 113 community colleges is simple. You will be admitted to the community college of your choice if you meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • You are 18 years of age or older, with or without a high school diploma
  • You are a high school graduate
  • You have the equivalent of a high school diploma


Every California community college admits students who are non-California residents. The policies on admitting nonresidents vary from college to college. At many colleges, California residents have enrollment and registration priority. Nonresident students in all colleges are charged tuition based on the actual cost of instruction. Nonresident students will pay about $255 per semester unit over and above the resident registration fees. Actual nonresident fees vary from college to college.

If you have been physically present in California for at least a year and a day with the intent to make California your residence, and you have taken actions to establish California residency, you may be eligible for resident fee status at a California community college. Check with your college for more details.

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