Just go to school in California as a resident.
I don’t think they’ve finalized the actual residential discount, but I’ve heard that it will be at least $5,000. The process of proving your residency in California is a bit cumbersome. The registration office sent me a list of required documents, based off of the information I had submitted before:
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
- Year old rental lease
- 2010 Tax Return
- 2009 Tax Return
- 2010 W2’s
- 2009 W2’s
- Latest Pay Stub
- Confirmation letter from payroll manager
- Bank Statement with CA address
It took me about 2.5 hours to find, compile, scan, and print everything; at the end I had over 30 pages of documentation to submit. And to top it off, they gave us a tiny yellow envelope to mail everything back.
My experience with UCLA’s Grad School administrative office hasn’t been great thus far. First off, I never received an email from the graduate division with links to fill out my Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residency SLR). I figured out online how to complete these tasks because I needed them to apply for housing. Secondly, the curriculum has not been finalized yet and, therefore, the waiver requirements for each course have not been distributed. I’m pretty sure I can test of introductory Accounting and Finance, and maybe take a more difficult course, but having been away from the core material for years, I’d definitely need some review first.
Anyway, I guess it’s still pretty early in the year. Hopefully things will get better.