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Residency for Tuition Purposes

In Arizona, as in all other states, 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. Students that are classified as non-residents can request reclassification and must support their request with documentation that shows compliance with ABOR policy and current state law. 

Residency Classification for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

Non-Resident Tuition Rate for Arizona High School Graduates  

Requesting Residency Classification

Please complete the following steps to request residency classification.

  1. Review the residency guidelinesfrequently asked questions and general information.

  2. Complete your request using the residency reclassification application (aka "petition").

  3. Submit all required documentation to the Residency Classification Office.

  4. View the status of your request from the residency reclassification application.

  5. Review your decision. If denied, you can request a residency appeal.

The residency application is only available to current, active, non-resident students. Students admitted for future semesters may not be able to access the application until after term activation (which occurs shortly before a student is given the ability to register for future terms). 

Students are expected to read and understand all requirements related to residency for tuition purposes and it is the student’s responsibility to be in compliance with all residency requirements, including applicable state laws. Lack of knowledge or incorrect assumptions about residency will not excuse the requirement to be familiar with the policies and procedures listed herein.

Petition Deadlines

Semester Petition Deadline Priority Deadline1
Summer2 2016 May 17, 2016 April 1, 2016
Fall 2016 August 24, 2016 June 1, 2016
Spring 2017 January 13, 2017 November 1, 2016
1 Petitions submitted (and supported by all required documentation) before the priority deadline will be reviewed prior to the petition deadline for that term (as shown above).  Petitions submitted after this date will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and may not be evaluated until after classes begin.
2 Summer petitions are only evaluated for students registered for summer classes.



You will not be permitted to submit a request for reclassification after the posted deadline. Per ABOR policy, failure to submit a request for reclassification by the deadline constitutes a waiver of your right to petition for that term. Late requests cannot be accepted and there is no option to appeal a petition submitted after the deadline.

Appeal Deadlines

If denied, your denial letter will include an appeal deadline. However, to ensure that your appeal is heard as soon as possible, your request for a hearing should be made no later than 10 days after your decision is rendered. See residency appeals for additional information.

Information regarding residency classification, including the content on these pages, is subject to change without notice. Direct all questions to Residency Classification at 480-965-7712 or email

Information regarding residency classification is subject to change without notice.

More Information

Forms and additional resources.

Verification of Citizenship or Lawful Immigration Status.

Most frequently asked questions regarding Arizona residency.

Contact Us

University Registrar Services
Residency Classification
PO Box 870312
Tempe, AZ 85287-0312

Phone: 480-965-7712

Student Services Bldg, Rm 140
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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