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Residency for Tuition Purposes

Your residency classification for tuition purposes is determined based on Arizona revised statutes and guidelines provided by the Arizona Board of Regents' (ABOR). Students who have been classified as non-residents can request reclassification by submitting a Residency Petition. Use the Residency Navigator and the links below to learn more.

Students who graduated from an Arizona high school but do not otherwise qualify to be classified as residents for tuition purposes may be eligible to receive the Non-Resident Tuition Rate for Arizona High School Graduates.

Requesting Residency Reclassification

Once you know which petition is best for you, this is what you need to do.

oneResidency Navigator

twoReview Requirements

threeSubmit your Petition

Residency Navigator

This tool is intended to point you in the right direction. The navigator will you help you decide which petition is best for you. Your results are not saved and the navigator is not intended to predict an outcome for your petition.

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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Please review eligibility, petition and required docs, and deadline information below.

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 American Indian and belong to an Arizona tribe?

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The American Indian 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 child 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

Review the requirements. Make sure you understand the requirements for the petition type that is most applicable to your situation. Submit your Petition. Your petition and supporting documentation are submitted electronically via the Residency Petition Dashboard.



Requirements

The independent student petition requires you to:

  • Provide proof of domicile and continuous physical presence in Arizona for 12 months
  • Provide proof of financial independence
  • Overcome the presumption that you are in Arizona primarily to be a student

Read more about this petition

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in three steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Step 3: Pay the petition fee prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2 & 3

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1,2, & 3 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The dependent student petition requires you to:

  • Provide proof that you and your parent(s) are domiciled in Arizona and your parent(s) are entitled to claim you as a dependent for tax purposes.   

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in three steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Step 3: Pay the petition fee prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2 & 3 

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1,2, & 3 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The spouse petition requires you to:

  • Provide proof that you are domiciled in Arizona
  • Provide proof that your spouse has maintained domicile in Arizona for 12 continuous months
  • Provide proof that your spouse is financially independent
  • Provide proof of marriage

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in three steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline 

Step 3: Pay the petition fee prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2 & 3

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1,2, & 3 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The transferred employee petition requires you to:

  • Provide proof that you are domiciled in Arizona
  • Provide proof that you were transferred you to Arizona for employment purposes OR provide proof that your spouse was transferred to Arizona for employment purposes
  • Provide proof the transfer to Arizona meets the conditions described here.

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in three steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline 

Step 3: Pay the petition fee prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2 &3

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1,2, & 3 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The military petition applies to U. S. military members (and their spouses/dependents) and requires you to: 

  • Provide proof that the military member is currently stationed in Arizona

OR

  • Provide proof that the U.S. military member’s state of legal residence is Arizona (and has been for at least 12 months)

Dependents are also eligible if the student provides proof of intent to be an Arizona resident and proof that they are using transferred post/911 G.I. bill benefits during a time in which the member of the U.S. uniformed services is serving on active duty (of 90 days or more). 

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in two steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

 

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1 & 2 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The veteran petition applies to veterans of the U.S. military and requires you to:

  • Provide proof that the veteran was discharged with a character of service of “honorable”, and proof of intent to establish domicile in Arizona.

OR

  • Provide proof of active duty of 90 days or more, use of Ch. 30/33 educational benefits and proof of intent to establish domicile in Arizona.

The veteran petition applies to dependents and requires the student to:

  • Provide proof that the student is using transferred Ch. 30/33 benefits and proof of intent to establish domicile in Arizona.

OR

  • Provide proof of receiving benefits certified under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and proof of intent to establish domicile in Arizona. 

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in two steps: 

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2 

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1 & 2 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

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

Read more about this petition

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in two steps: 

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1 & 2 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The teacher waiver applies if you are currently employed as a full-time teacher or classroom aide in an Arizona public school district, an approved Arizona charter school or an approved Arizona private school. 

The teacher waiver only applies to courses required for teacher certification in and are effective only for the semester for which they are submitted.

Read more about this petition.

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in two steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1 & 2 if you want a decision before classes start. 

Requirements

The AmeriCorps/VISTA exception applies if teacher waiver applies if you have served one year in Arizona in either an AmeriCorps or Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. 

Read more about this petition

Request Reclassification

Your petition is completed in two steps:

Step 1: Start and submit your online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.

Step 2: Submit your documents prior to the document deadline

Deadlines

Don’t miss your deadlines:

Petition deadline – this is the last day to complete step 1

Document deadline – this is the last day to complete step 2

Priority deadline – this is the last day to complete steps 1 & 2 if you want a decision before classes start.  

Residency

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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