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Residency Appeal

Residency Appeal

Per ABOR policy, students who believe they meet all residency requirements and have submitted a residency petition but were subsequently denied, can appeal.  An appeal hearing is your opportunity to present new evidence and/or testimony that supports why you think your denial was erroneous.  Appeals are reviewed by the University Residency Appeal Committee, who will render a final decision. This committee is bound to the same ABOR policies as the Residency Office and does not have authority to make exceptions to ABOR policy. Staff members from the Residency Office are not permitted to serve on this committee and do not participate in the hearings.

Appeal Deadlines

Appeal requests 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
Summer 2021 June 22, 2021
Fall 2021 September 29, 2021
Spring 2022 February 18, 2022

Submit your Residency Appeal

Before submitting your appeal request, please review your denial letter, decision summary and current Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) guidelines.  Understanding why your petition was denied will help you prepare your appeal request. 

New Documentation

All new documentation must be submitted with your appeal request form to ensure that all committee members have sufficient time to review this new information prior to your hearing. 


Submit your appeal request as early as possible.  Appeal hearings require careful planning and the schedule is created prior to each semester based on committee member availability.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your class schedule; however, with limited dates and times there can be no guarantee that your hearing will be compatible with your schedule.  Requests for changes must be submitted in writing no later than 10 business days prior to your scheduled hearing. 

  • Appeal requests are prioritized and scheduled based on receipt date of your appeal request. Submit your request as early as possible. 
  • You will receive notification of the date, time and place of the appeal two weeks prior to your hearing. 
  • Hearings may be scheduled during spring, fall or winter breaks.

Appeal Hearing

Every hearing will be comprised of 3-5 voting members.  Committee members will review all aspects of your petition and may ask questions that were not previously addressed by the residency office.  Your hearing is your opportunity to provide verbal testimony that supports your request for reclassification.  Generally, the committee will render a decision at the conclusion of your hearing, but does have the option to delay their vote for up to ten days.


You are not required to attend your hearing.  If you choose to not attend, your hearing will be held in absentia and the committee will make a determination based on your written testimony and any additional documents you provide with your appeal request.  Hearings held in absentia will not be rescheduled.

Counsel or Representation

Appeal hearings are not open meetings; however, you are allowed to invite witnesses or have legal representation. If an attorney will be representing you at your hearing, please notify the Residency Classification Office in advance.      

Appeal Decision

Decisions of the Residency Classification Appeal Committee are final. Appellants will be notified of the Appeal Committee decision by email and certified letter.  Overturning a decision requires a majority vote from the committee.

Other Considerations:

  • 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.
  • Students with pending appeals are subject to all posted deadlines in the academic calendar.
  • Having a pending appeal does not excuse the student from other deadlines, obligations or commitments, including petition deadlines for subsequent semesters.


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