Review the specific requirements for the student type you have chosen to petition as. Then read the residency guidelines below.
You're considered an independent student if:
All of the evidence is weighed under the presumption that a nonresident student’s presence in Arizona is primarily for the purpose of education and not to establish domicile, and that decisions of an individual as to the intent to establish domicile are generally made after the completion of an education and not before.
Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the classification officer or review committee making a classification determination, it shall be presumed that:
Subject to ABOR Policy 4-102 an individual who does not hold a visa that requires the individual to maintain a foreign domicile or that otherwise prohibits establishing domicile in Arizona shall be classified as a resident if the individual can establish that on or before the last day of registration the individual satisfied one of the following criteria:
You’re considered a dependent student if:
You’re considered a spouse if you are legally married. You would also need to show that:
This 12-month exception applies to individuals (and spouses) who:
Military members (and their spouses or dependents) qualify for residency by showing proof of one of the following:
Veterans can qualify for residency in one of three ways:
You qualify for this exception of you are an enrolled member of an Indian tribe whose reservation land lies wholly or partially in Arizona. Eligible tribes:
This exception applies to students that have served one year in Arizona in either an AmeriCorps or Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program.
You will need to provide a letter on letterhead from the sponsoring organization that confirms your dates of participation
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 teacher or classroom aide in an Arizona public school district.
You must provide a copy of your current contract and a list of courses required for certification.
Teacher waivers are effective only for the semester for which they are submitted. A new waiver request should be submitted for subsequent semesters.
In Arizona, as in all other states, tuition at publicly supported universities is lower for residents than nonresidents. 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.
Your request and supporting documents will be evaluated by a residency specialist.
Misrepresentation or falsification of information may be costly. Students who have omitted, falsified or misrepresented any information in effort to obtain resident status will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities for disciplinary action and may be denied the opportunity to request reclassification for current and future terms.
The residency reclassification application and the required documentation must be submitted to complete the residency petition and to initiate the review of the student’s residency reclassification request.
The supporting documentation checklist is not the petition. The checklist is provided to help organize documents and keep track of what has been submitted.
Processing times vary and are largely dependent on when a request and all required documents are submitted. In general, requests are evaluated within 4-6 weeks of submission, but may take significantly longer if the request is submitted after August 1 (for fall) or January 1 (for spring). Submitting everything requested offers no guarantee of approval. Petitions are processed in the order they are received.
Students needing a decision prior to the first day of classes should submit their request by the priority deadline.
Requests are reviewed in the order they are received and are reviewed only after all supporting documents are received.
You can monitor the status of your petition from the residency reclassification application portal.
The status of your request will be one of the following:
If your request for reclassification is denied, you can request an appeal . Your denial letter will include a summary of our decision and an appeal deadline. Your request for a hearing should also be made as soon as possible. Requests made after the deadline will not be granted.
You are responsible for paying all tuition and fees by the tuition deadline date. Having a request for reclassification pending does not waive this responsibility. Tuition balances not paid in full by the tuition deadline will be subject to late fees and payment plans per University policy. If your petition is approved, a refund of the tuition difference will be generated; however, late fees, if applied are not refunded.
There are no exceptions granted due to unusual circumstances or financial hardship. ABOR policy defines the circumstances under which a student can be classified as a resident for tuition purposes and the residency office does not have the authority to make exceptions.
There is a $50, non-refundable fee required if you are requesting reclassification as an independent student, dependent student, spouse or transferred employee. A receipt confirming payment of this fee should be included with your submitted documentation. Your account will be billed by the residency office if a decision on your request is rendered and you have not provided proof of payment.
Financial aid is calculated differently for residents and nonresidents. This means that if your status changes, your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. Your aid may be reduced or cancelled and you may be required to return funds already disbursed to you. If you have questions, contact Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.
Proposition 300 requires all students who are classified as residents for tuition purposes, to provide verification of citizenship, permanent residency or other lawful immigration status. Students that cannot verify their lawful presence cannot be classified as residents for tuition purposes. Visit Citizenship/Lawful Immigration Status for additional information.
Only persons who are entitled to reside permanently in the U.S. are eligible to be residents for tuition purposes. These students must still prove they also meet current ABOR guidelines for residency. Temporary, non-immigrant visas do not allow an individual to obtain a permanent status in Arizona regardless of the length of the visa or the number of times it is renewed. Resident students that are issued a non-eligible visa type will be changed to non-resident. Please see visa types and residency eligibility list for additional information.