Any student who has been classified as a non-resident may apply for reclassification. Review the specific requirements for the petition that best applies to your situation. 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:
This 12 month exception applies to 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:
U.S. military members (and their spouses or dependents) qualify for residency if:
Dependents of U.S. military members can also qualify for residency if:
Veterans qualify for residency if:
Dependents of veterans qualify if:
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 requires you to be domiciled in Arizona and under contract to either teach on a full-time basis or work as a full-time classroom aide in an Arizona public school district, an approved Arizona charter school or an approved Arizona private school. Approved students will be classified as non-residents but will pay resident tuition on courses required for teacher certification in Arizona.
Teacher waivers are based on enrollment and are effective only for the semester in which they are submitted. A new teacher waiver petition must be submitted for subsequent semesters.
Your residency classification is initially determined via the admissions application according to residency guidelines provided by the Arizona Board of Regents. As a non-resident, you may request reclassification if you think you should be a resident for tuition purposes. If you choose to do so, you would be responsible for providing objective evidence for all factors necessary to provide a basis for this change.
The online residency petition is only available to current, active, non-resident students. New or future students do not become current or active until they are admitted to the University and enrollment begins for the student’s semester of admission (see the ASU Academic Calendar for enrollment dates).
Requesting reclassification, aka submitting a petition, requires you to:
A successful petition requires all three – but two and three are the most important. Your request can’t be reviewed until you have completed the questionnaire and submitted your supporting documents (there would be nothing for the residency office to review).
Your required documentation will be as unique as you are. The documents requested are based on how you answer the questionnaire and there isn’t a single list that applies to everyone.
Supporting your request with adequate and appropriate documentation is your responsibility. Petitions that are lacking sufficient documentation will be denied. If there is something you do not have or cannot provide, submit a written explanation instead. You will also be able to submit documents that were not asked for – it can be hard to know what will he helpful to students in every situation, but if there is something that you think will help your case then you should submit it. .
Misrepresentation or falsification of any 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, which may include dismissal from the university or forfeiting your right to request reclassification for current and future terms.
There is a $50, non-refundable fee required if you are requesting reclassification as an independent student, dependent student, spouse or transferred employee. The petition fee can be paid online after you submit your petition. The Residency Classification Office cannot accept or process any fee payments. There are no fees associated with the following petition types: Military, Veteran, Native American, AmeriCorps/VISTA and Teacher Waiver.
Processing times vary and are largely dependent on when your petition was completed (including the online petition and all required supporting documentation). Decisions are generally made within 4-6 weeks, but may take significantly longer if your petition is completed after July 15 (for fall) and December 1 (for spring). If you need a decision prior to the first day of classes, you should submit everything (petition and all required documents) no later than the priority deadline.
The status of your petition can be viewed from the residency petition dashboard.
The lifespan of a petition will vary from student to student, but more often than not will look like this:
Your petition may skip steps or may bounce around as the residency office works to figure things out. Keep an eye on your email and review the residency petition dashboard to track the progress of your petition.
Your petition and supporting documents will be evaluated by a Residency Classification Specialist. Decisions are based on the quality of your documentation and the extent to which you have met your burden of proof. 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 Classification Office and university does not have the authority to make exceptions.
If you residency petition is denied and you believe this decision is erroneous, you can request an appeal. The deadline to appeal your denial will be indicated on your denial notification. Your appeal should be requested as soon as possible; appeal requests made after the posted deadline will not be processed.
Your tuition and fees are dependent on your residency classification. You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees; balances not paid in full by the published deadline will be subject to late fees and a payment plan fee per university policy prior. Requesting reclassification does not waive this responsibility. Overpayments will be refunded to you if your petition is approved; late fees and payment plan fees (if applied) are non-refundable.
Financial aid is calculated based partly on cost of attendance. Changes to your residency classification may cause your financial aid to be recalculated and adjusted accordingly. In some cases, your aid may be reduced or cancelled and you may be required to return funds that have already been disbursed to you. If you have questions, contact Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.
State law 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 meet this requirement cannot be classified as residents for tuition purposes. Visit Citizenship/Status Verification for more information. If required from you, you will see a priority task on your My ASU page with additional instructions.
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.