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Residency Requirements

Residency Requirements

Student/Petition Types

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.

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Independent Student


You're considered an independent student if:

  • you’ve lived continuously in Arizona for at least 12 months
  • can demonstrate intent to be an Arizona resident (which includes financial independence) and
  • can show you’re not primarily in Arizona to be a student.

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.

  • Evidence indicating intent must exist at the beginning of and be maintained throughout the 12 month period of continuous presence needed to establish residency classification. Acts or events occurring less than 12 months before the last day of registration may be considered as evidence of the lack of such intent.
  • A statement of intent by the student should be weighed in light of the fact that the student knows that he or she will realize a substantial reduction in tuition by being classified as a resident for tuition purposes.
  • Each item presented for determination shall be subject to the classification officer’s or review committee’s decision as to the weight to be given to it, and such officer or committee shall be the sole judge of the authenticity or truthfulness of any material or statements submitted as supportive evidence. The classification officer may require original or certified copies of documentation.
  • If a minor applies for classification as a resident and alleges that he or she is an emancipated individual, that individual must also establish that:
    • He or she is not living with a parent; and
    • There has been a complete severance of the parental relationship to all legal rights and liabilities, including but not limited to care, custody, control, and service.

Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the classification officer or review committee making a classification determination, it shall be presumed that:

  • No individual has established residency for tuition purposes in Arizona while attending any education institution in Arizona as a full-time student in the absence of objective evidence to the contrary.
  • If an individual is absent from Arizona for more than 30 days they must provide objective evidence that they retained their Arizona domicile.
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Dependent Student


This 12 month exception applies to a dependent student if:

  • you and your parent (or legal guardian) have established domicile in Arizona
  • your parent is entitled to claim you as a dependent child for state and federal tax purposes
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Spouse


You’re considered a spouse if you are legally married. You would also need to show that:

  • your spouse is financially independent
  • your spouse has lived in Arizona for 12 consecutive months
  • your spouse is eligible to claim you as an exemption for tax purposes
  • you are domiciled in Arizona
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Transferred Employee


This 12-month exception applies to individuals (and spouses) who:

  • were transferred to Arizona for employment purposes within the last 12 months
  • can document that their employer paid their relocation expenses
  • are not self-employed or employed in a family-owned business not previously operating in Arizona
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Military


U.S. military members (and their spouses or dependents) qualify for residency if:

  • the U.S. military member is currently stationed in Arizona
  • the U.S. military member’s state of legal residence is Arizona (and has been for at least 12 months)

Dependents of U.S. military members can also qualify for residency if:

  • the student has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be an Arizona resident and is using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33) benefits during a time in which the member of the U.S. uniformed services is serving on active duty (90 days or more)
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Veteran


Veterans qualify for residency if:

  • the veteran was discharged with a character of service of “honorable” and provides proof of intent to be an Arizona resident
  • the veteran enrolled at a university under the Arizona Board of Regents within three years of their last active duty service of 90 days or more, is eligible for Chapter 30 or 33 benefits, and provides proof of intent to be an Arizona resident

Dependents of veterans qualify if:

  • the dependent is enrolled at a university under the Arizona Board of Regents within three years of the veteran’s last active duty service of 90 days or more, is eligible for Chapter 33 benefits, and provides proof of intent to be an Arizona resident
  • the dependent is receiving benefits certified under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and provides proof of intent to be an Arizona resident
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Native American


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:

  • Ak Chin Indian Community of Maricopa
  • Cocopah Tribe of Arizona
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River
  • Indian Reservation
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Havasupai Tribe
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Hualapai Indian Tribe
  • Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
  • Navajo Nation
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Quechan Tribe
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
  • Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Tonto Apache Tribe
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation
  • Yavapai-Prescott Tribe
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Americorp/Vista


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.

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Teacher


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.

Residency Guidelines

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 Residency Reclassification

The process for requesting reclassification (submitting a petition) requires you to:

  1. Understand ABOR requirements (see above) and ask questions, if needed.
  2. Submit an online petition prior to the semester deadline.
  3. Gather and submit your required documentation.

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.

Documentation

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.

Petition Fee

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 Time

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.

Checking your Petition Status

The status of your request will be one of the following and can be viewed from the residency reclassification application portal:

  • Submitted: Your online petition has been submitted and received by the Residency Classification Office.
  • In Queue: Supporting documentation has been received, but has not yet been reviewed by a Residency Classification Specialist.
  • Pending: New supporting documentation has been received, but has not yet been reviewed by a Residency Classification Specialist.
  • In Review: Your petition is under review and no further action is required from you at this time. A decision or contact from the Residency Classification Office should occur within 10 days.
  • Documents Needed: Your petition is under review, but you have not yet submitted all of the required supporting documentation. An email was sent to your ASU email with additional information.
  • Contact Residency: Your petition is under review, but we need to speak with you. Please contact the Residency Classification Office at 480-965-7712. An email was sent to your ASU email with more information.
  • Withdrawal Warning: Your petition is in danger of being withdrawn because you have not provided the required supporting documentation. If supporting documentation is not received within the next seven days your petition will be withdrawn. An email was sent to your ASU email with more information.
  • Withdrawn: Your petition has been withdrawn from consideration and will not be evaluated. An email was sent to your ASU email with more information.
  • Approved: Your petition was approved and your status has been changed to resident. A formal notification was sent to your ASU email.
  • Denied: Your petition was denied. A formal notification was sent to your ASU email with a summary of why your request was denied.

Petition Outcome

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.

Tuition and Fees

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

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.

Citizenship and Lawful Immigration Status

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.

Visa Types and Residency for International Students

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.

Additional Information

Arizona Board Of Regents (ABOR) Policy Manual, Section B: Tuition Classification (4.201-208)
Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 15 (A.R.S. 15-1801 to 1807)
Verification of Citizenship or Lawful Presence

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