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Residency Requirements

Residency Requirements

Student Types

Review the specific requirements for the student type you have chosen to petition as. Then read the residency guidelines below.


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.

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:

  1. Meets the requirements for classification as a resident for tuition purposes, or
  2. Qualifies as a resident refugee student by virtue of having been granted refugee status in accordance with all applicable laws of the United States and having met all other requirements for domicile in this Arizona; provided that in establishing domicile, the individual must not hold a visa that prohibits establishing domicile in Arizona.
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Dependent Student

You’re considered a dependent student if:

  • you and your parent (or legal guardian) live permanently in Arizona
  • your parent is entitled to claim you as a dependent child for state and federal tax purposes
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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 within the last 12 months
  • can document that their employer paid their relocation expenses
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Military members (and their spouses or dependents) qualify for residency by showing proof of one of the following:

  • the military member is currently stationed in Arizona
  • the military member’s state of legal residence is Arizona.
  • the student has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona and is using transferred Post-911 G.I. Bill benefits during a time in which the member of the uniformed services is serving on active duty
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Veterans can qualify for residency in one of three ways:

  • documenting that they were discharged with a character of service of honorable and demonstrating intent to be an Arizona resident
  • documenting that they were discharged within three years of enrollment, showing their eligibility to use Ch. 30/33 benefits and demonstrating intent to be an Arizona resident
  • documenting benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and demonstrating 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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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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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.

Residency Guidelines

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.

  • The residency application is only available to current, active, non-resident students. Students admitted for future semesters may not be able to access the application until after term activation (which occurs shortly before a student is given the ability to register for future terms).
  • New students must be admitted and matriculated before they can access the residency reclassification application to initiate the residency petition process.
  • Continuing students may access future residency reclassification applications once a student is able to register for that future term.

Your request and supporting documents will be evaluated by a residency specialist.

  • All correspondence is sent to the student's contact information on file with the University. Review and update your contact information from My ASU.
  • Submission of a residency reclassification application and applicable required documentation does not guarantee an approval of residency.

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 Time

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.

Checking your Petition Status

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:

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

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.

Tuition and Fees

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

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.

Citizenship and Lawful Immigration Status

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.

Visa Types and Residency

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.

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