How to Resolve Residency

Is your Palomar Promise application on hold due to your residency? If so, please read the information below for helpful steps to resolve. 

To be eligible for the Palomar Promise program, you must be a California resident or qualify for an eligible exemption (i.e. AB 540 or military dependent). If your Promise application is on hold because your resident status is pending resolution, you must complete the following steps to be eligible for Palomar Promise.

Request for Review of Resident Status Form

If you believe that you have met the one-year waiting period and are eligible to establish residency, complete the Request for Review of Resident Status form to start the residence reclassification process.

California High School Graduates and/or California Dream Act Applicants

California High School Graduates and/or students who qualify for the California Dream Act Application may be eligible for an exemption from non-resident tuition. You can find information on how to resolve your residency status here.

Submit Documentation to the Admissions Office

Please submit documentation to the Admissions Office in person or via email at Resolve your residency as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing your Promise eligibility. Click here for more information on the steps to update residency.

AB 540 Residency Status

Eligible AB 540 students who are unable to clear residency status until they receive their High School Diploma are encouraged to register for fall classes now. AB 540 students will have an opportunity to clear residency status for Promise eligibility.

Not Requesting Residence Status Change

If you are not requesting a residence status change to in-state residence,  no further action is required. However, this will disqualify you from the Promise Program.


Should you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (760)744-1150 ext. 2164 or email using your Palomar student email. You may also visit the Enrollment Services Virtual Help Desk via Zoom for assistance.