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Residency for Tuition Purposes

In Arizona, tuition at publicly supported universities is lower for residents than non-residents. Residency classification is determined
for all students in accordance with guidelines provided by the Arizona Board of Regents' (ABOR), which reflect current
Arizona revised statutes. Refer to Non-Resident Tuition Rate for Arizona High School Graduates for additional information.

Residency Navigator

We’ve designed this tool to help you determine which residency classification category may apply to you. Using the residency navigator will not have any influence on the outcome of your residency petition. It is not intended to predict whether your petition will be approved or denied.

Are you active military (including National Guard or Reserves)?

The military exception might apply to your situation – especially if you are stationed in Arizona.

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Are you the spouse or dependent of an active military member?

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The military exception applies to spouses and dependents and might work for you – especially if you are stationed in Arizona.

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Are you a veteran of the U.S. Military?

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Thank you for your service! There are two veteran exceptions that might apply to your situation.

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Are you the spouse or dependent of a veteran?

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Review the Choice Act criteria under the veteran exception to see if that might apply to your situation.

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Are you Native American and belong to an Arizona tribe?

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The Native American Exception applies if you are an enrolled member of an Indian tribe whose reservation land lies wholly or partially in Arizona.

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Were you transferred to Arizona by your employer (or spouse’s employer)?

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If your employer paid for you move, you might qualify for the transferred employee exception.

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Are you working on your teacher certification and employed full-time as a teacher or aide in an Arizona public school district?

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The Teacher Waiver allows you to pay resident tuition on courses required for AZ certification.

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Did you complete a year of service in Arizona with either AmeriCorps or VISTA?

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You might qualify for the AmeriCorps or VISTA exception.

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Do your parents live in AZ and do they claim you as a tax dependent?

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The Dependent exception might work for you if you and your parent live permanently in Arizona and your parent is entitled to claim you as a dependent for tax purposes.

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Are you married to an Arizona resident?

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The Spouse Exception might apply to your situation if your spouse can document financial independence and has lived in Arizona for at least 12 months.

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Have you lived in Arizona for the last 12 months?

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So far nothing has applied to you; and, if you have not lived in AZ for 12 months you probably don’t qualify at this time.

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Are you in Arizona primarily to be a student?

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It doesn’t appear that any of the categories apply to you at this time.

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Are your sources of financial support all self-generated, e.g. employment income? This means that you can support yourself without help from parents, family, etc.

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The Independent Student petition might work for you if you can demonstrate you've lived continuously in Arizona for at least 12 months, can submit documentation showing 12 months worth of ties to Arizona known as "intent", including financial independence, and can show that you’re not in Arizona primarily to be a student.

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It doesn’t appear that any of the categories apply to you at this time.

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Residency Petition

You may fit into multiple categories. Determine which is the most appropriate for your situation.



Eligibility

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You're considered an independent student if:

  • you’ve lived continuously in Arizona for at least 12 months
  • can demonstrate intent to be an Arizona resident (which includes financial independence) and
  • can show you’re not primarily in Arizona to be a student.

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Independent student petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

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You’re considered a dependent student if:

  • you and your parent (or legal guardian) live permanently in Arizona
  • your parent is entitled to claim you as a dependent for state and federal tax purposes

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Dependent student petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

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You’re considered a spouse if you are legally married. You would also need to show that:

  • your spouse is financially independent
  • your spouse has lived in Arizona for 12 consecutive months
  • your spouse is eligible to claim you as an exemption for tax purposes
  • you are domiciled in Arizona

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Spouse petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Eligibility

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This 12-month exception applies to individuals (and spouses) who:

  • were transferred to Arizona within the last 12 months
  • can document that their employer paid their relocation expenses

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Transferred employee petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Eligibility

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Military members (and their spouses or dependents) qualify for residency by showing proof of one of the following:

  • the military member is currently stationed in Arizona
  • the military member’s state of legal residence is Arizona.
  • the student has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona and is using transferred Post-911 G.I. Bill benefits during a time in which the member of the uniformed services is serving on active duty

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Military petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

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Veterans can qualify for residency in one of three ways:

  • documenting that they were discharged with a character of service of honorable and demonstrating intent to be an Arizona resident
  • documenting that they were discharged within three years of enrollment, showing their eligibility to use Ch. 30/33 benefits and demonstrating intent to be an Arizona resident
  • documenting benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and demonstrating intent to be an Arizona resident

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Veterans petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Eligibility

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You qualify for this exception of you are an enrolled member of an Indian tribe whose reservation land lies wholly or partially in Arizona.

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Native American petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Eligibility

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The teacher waiver allows you to pay resident tuition on courses required for teacher certification in Arizona if you are currently employed as a full-time teach or classroom aide in an Arizona public school district.

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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Teacher petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Eligibility

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This exception applies to students that have served one year in Arizona in either an AmeriCorps or Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program.

Read more about the specific requirements.

Petition and Required Docs

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AmeriCorps/VISTA petition:

Deadlines

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Submit your petition prior to the semester deadline.

Requesting Residency Reclassification

Now that you have determined your student type, here’s what to do next.

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Common Residency Questions

Still have unanswered questions? Take a look through our frequently asked questions below to see if your question is listed there. If not, we're happy to help.

Your residency classification is determined by a review of all of the information provided on your admissions application in accordance with guidelines provided by the Arizona Board of Regents. Your status as a non-resident is a result of one or more factors used to determine this classification. Please review the Residency Classification web page and contact a residency specialist if you have any questions.

Not necessarily. Residency for tuition purposes for the three state universities is determined according to guidelines established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). The community colleges are not governed by ABOR and your classification as a resident at the community college may or may not be in compliance with current ABOR policies.

No. Your status will remain non-resident and any student wanting to be re-classified must initiate the process by contacting the residency office and submitting a petition by the appropriate deadline. Simply being a student at ASU for one year is not sufficient for residency purposes per ABOR policy, which reads, "No individual has established residency for tuition purposes in Arizona while attending any education institution in Arizona as a full-time student in the absence of objective evidence to the contrary."

Leaving Arizona will not result in a loss of Arizona residency unless your absence is accompanied by actions that indicate intent to establish a new domicile elsewhere. Former residents of Arizona who established domicile elsewhere would be classified as non-residents upon return and would not be eligible for residency until current ABOR policies are met. Residency classification is re-visited after any break in enrollment or absence from the university.

No. Your residency classification is evaluated against current ABOR policy and your parent’s status as an alumnus is not a consideration.

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