Students must meet the following requirements to qualify as California residents for tuition purposes:
Rules regarding legal residence for tuition purposes at Hastings are governed, in part, by the California Education Code and the Hastings Residence Policy as set forth in the Standing Orders of the Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors and the regulations of the General Counsel. Important: Please note that the Residence Policy adopted by the University of California Board of Regents does not govern Hastings College of the Law. There exists the possibility of qualifying as an instate resident for tuition purposes at other UC law schools but not at Hastings. A residency determination by another UC school is not controlling. UC Guidelines, however, are relied on when not in conflict with the Hastings Residence Policy, particularly with regard to visa issues and alien residence status.
A temporary absence from the State for business or educational purposes will not necessarily constitute loss of California residence unless the student has acted inconsistently with continued California residence during the absence. It is the student's responsibility to show retention of California residence during an absence. Steps that should be taken to retain California resident status include: