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Residency Appeal


The residency classification appeal process affords students who have had their residency petition denied the opportunity to present new evidence or testimony before the University Residency Appeals Committee, who will subsequently render a final decision. An appeal is only for students that have had petitions formally denied by the Residency Office. This committee is bound to the same ABOR policies as the Residency Office and does not have authority to make exceptions. The committee is staffed by faculty, staff and students from across the university. Staff members from the Residency Office are not permitted to serve on this committee.

  • A residency appeal should be submitted if you believe the decision is erroneous based on ABOR requirements, not because you do not agree with the denied decision or with the requirements.
  • A residency appeal form should be submitted along with a written statement explaining why you believe the decision is erroneous (based on ABOR requirements) and all new supporting documentation, no later than the provided appeal deadline date.

Appeal Deadlines

Student requests to appeal their residency classification must be submitted no later than 35 days after the last day of registration for the term for which the initial petition was submitted. Failure to properly file the appeal request prior to the established deadline date constitutes a waiver of your right to appeal. Appeals cannot be requested until after a decision on your petition has been made.

Semester Appeal Deadline
Spring 2019 February 15, 2019
Summer 2019 June 25, 2019
Fall 2019 October 2, 2019
Spring 2020 February 21, 2020


The Appeal Process

Review your denial letter, decision summary and Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) requirements.

  • Submit a written request for an appeal hearing using the Residency Appeal Form.
  • Provide new documentation with your appeal request. All supporting documents must be submitted no later than 10 business days prior to your scheduled hearing.
  • Attend your scheduled hearing. Your hearing will be held whether you are present or not.
  • Prepare to answer questions about your petition at your appeal hearing.

Submit all supporting documents at the time of the appeal form submission. This gives the evaluator an opportunity to re-evaluate the petition with the new documentation and possibly overturn their decision, negating the necessity of a hearing all together.

The appeal committee members will review your petition independently in its entirety prior to your hearing and may consider all aspects of your application, not just the points indicated in your decision summary. A decision will be made at the conclusion of your hearing. However, the committee may vote to delay their decision for up to 10 days.

You will receive notification of the date, time and place of the appeal two weeks prior to the hearing. During this time, make arrangements with any outside conflicts, such as work or witness availability. Rescheduling due to these conflicts may not be an option.

Students with pending appeals are subject to petition deadlines for future terms. The decision to petition for future terms must be made prior to the posted deadline for the given term regardless of the appellant's status with any pending appeal.

Appeal Hearing

Appeal hearings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. All students are encouraged to submit their appeal requests within seven days of notification of denial. Prompt requests will be given priority. In all situations, your appeal will be scheduled to avoid conflicts with your current class schedule. Unfortunately, non-course conflicts cannot be considered.

Hearings may be scheduled during spring, fall and winter breaks. If you are going to be out of town during that time, notify the office when you submit your appeal form. Rescheduling due to travel may not be an option. Once an appeal has been scheduled, cancellations or changes must be submitted in writing to the Residency Classification Office no later than five business days before the scheduled appeal hearing date.

All appeal hearings are open meetings and anyone may attend. To comply with the Arizona Open Meeting law, you must consent to have your information heard by all those in attendance by signing a FERPA waiver (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). Students can elect to be represented by an advisor or counsel at their expense. Please inform the Residency Classification Office if you plan to attend with representation.

Appeal Decision

Decisions of the Residency Classification Appeal Committee are final. Appellants will be notified of the Appeals Committee decision by certified letter.

Appellants who are reclassified as in-state resident students will be refunded the out-of-state portion of the tuition that has been paid for the term in question.

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