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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 for the petition that best applies 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, OR
  • 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–includes Chemehuevi, Hopi, Mohave and Navajo
  • 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
  • Pueblo of Zuni
  • 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

Requesting reclassification, aka submitting a petition, requires you to:

  1. Understand ABOR the requirements and ask questions when you need help.
  2. Initiate your request by completing an online questionnaire prior to the petition deadline.
  3. Submit all required documentation prior to the document deadline.

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).

Documentation

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.

Petition Fee

There is a $50, non-refundable fee required if you are requesting reclassification as an independent student, dependent student, spouse or transferred employee. Information about paying your petition fee will be included at the end of your online questionnaire. You will have two options: ask the residency office to bill your account or mail your payment to cashiering services. There are no fees associated with the following petition types: Military, Veteran, Native American, AmeriCorps/VISTA and Teacher Waiver. The Residency Classification Office cannot accept or process any 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 petition can be view from residency petition dashboard.

The lifespan of a petition will vary from student to student, but more often than not will look like this:

  • Petition initiated: You’ve completed the questionnaire and have been given a list of required documents
  • Petition complete: You’re submitted all required documents – the residency office is ready to review.
  • In queue: You’re in line to be reviewed.  Complete your petition as early as possible to secure a good spot in line.
  • Documents needed: You’re petition is under review and the residency office has identified something they think will help your cause. You’ll get an email with details, including instructions on how to submit new documents.
  • Contact residency: You’re petition is under review and the residency thinks it would be helpful to talk to you about something.  Give them a call – they want to help.
  • Pending: Your new documentation has been received and added to your file, but has not yet been evaluated by the person assigned to your petition.
  • In review: Your decision is coming soon.  Generally, this means you should expect to receive a decision in 7-10 days.
  • Approved/Denied: You will receive notice of your decision via email.  Be sure to read that decision carefully as it will have information about what to do if your petition was denied and what to expect if your petition was approved. 

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.  

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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