Any student who has been classified as a non-resident may apply for reclassification. Review the specific requirements below and choose the petition that applies best 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 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, an approved Arizona charter school or an approved Arizona private school.
Teacher waivers are effective only for the semester for 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).
The process for requesting reclassification (submitting a petition) requires you to:
A residency petition includes the reclassification application and the required documentation. The application and required documentation must be submitted to complete the residency petition and to initiate the review of the student’s residency reclassification request.
You must submit all required documentation to complete your petition. Delaying the submission of your documents will either delay the review of your petition or cause your petition to be withdrawn. Supporting your request with adequate documentation is your responsibility and petitions without sufficient supporting documents will be denied or withdrawn. Use the document checklist for your petition to organize and track what you are providing in support of your petition (the checklist is not the petition). If there is something you do not have or cannot provide, please provide a short explanation.
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 petition fee for Independent, Dependent, Spouse and Transferred Employee petitions. Your receipt confirming payment of this fee must be provided with your supporting documentation. There are no fees associated with the following petition types: Military, Veteran, Native American, AmeriCorps/VISTA and Teacher Waiver. Petition fees can be paid at the Student Account and Cashiering Services. The Residency Classification Office cannot accept or process fee payments.
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 request will be one of the following and can be viewed from the residency reclassification application portal:
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.
Per ABOR 4-102, non-U.S. citizens who are in Arizona on temporary, non-immigrant visas cannot be classified as residents for tuition purposes. If applicable, see Visa Types and Residency Eligibility for a list of eligible visa types. If you have an eligible visa, you must also meet qualify for in-state status per current ABOR policies. If you change to a non-eligible visa type, your classification will be automatically changed to non-resident.