The general rules for obtaining resident status are outlined below and correspond to the various scenarios in which a student might be eligible. Review each to determine which best applies to your situation. If you are unsure or would like to speak with someone, please call the Residency Classification Office at 480-965-7712 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refer to the following sources for additional information:
- Arizona Board Of Regents (ABOR) Policy Manual, Section B: Tuition Classification (4.201-208)
- Arizona Revised Statues - Title 15 (A.R.S. 15-1801 to 1807)
- Verification of Citizenship or Lawful Presence
Independent Student Petition
Per ABOR policy, an independent student must document:
1. Objective evidence of continuous presence in Arizona for 12 months, and
2. Objective evidence of intent to be a resident for tuition purposes of Arizona as demonstrated by the severance of ties to the individual’s former state of residence. Intent will be evaluated by the classification officer.
- Objective evidence of financial independence
- State in which motor vehicle is registered.
- Source of payment for the individual’s auto insurance policies.
- Date of issuance and state issuing driver’s license or state identification card.
- Employment history
- The transfer of major banking services to Arizona
- Applications for loans, scholarships, grants-in-aid, or other such assistance
- Voter registration
- Place of prior attendance in educational institutions, including high schools, and any information held by such schools affecting domicile
- Marital status and work record of registrant and spouse
- Change in permanent address on all pertinent records
- State in which registered with Selective Service
- Military records
- Ownership of real property
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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:
- Meets the requirements for classification as a resident for tuition purposes, or
- 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.
Dependent Student Petition
Per ABOR policy, the dependent exception requires:
- The individual is domiciled in Arizona, and
- The domicile of one or both of the individual's parents is in Arizona and
- One or both of the individual’s parents are entitled to claim the individual as a dependent child for federal and state tax purposes (whether or not the parent actually claims the individual as a dependent child).
Per ABOR policy, the spouse exception requires:
- The individual is domiciled in Arizona, and
- The individual’s spouse has established domicile in Arizona for at least 12 months immediately preceding the last day of registration, and
- The spouse has demonstrated financial independence, and
- The individual’s spouse is entitled to claim the individual as an exemption for federal and state tax purposes.
Transferred Employee Petition
Per ABOR policy, the transferred employee exception requires:
- The individual is domiciled in Arizona and is:
- Employed by an employer which transferred the individual to Arizona for employment purposes, or
- The spouse of such an employee.
“Transfer” means an individual who was transferred by his or her employer fewer than 12 months prior to the term in question, is not self-employed or employed in a family owned business not previously operating in Arizona, and can provide proof of payment or reimbursement of moving expenses by his/her employer.
Per ABOR policy, the military exception requires:
- The individual is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders or is the spouse or dependent child of that individual who is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders at the time the spouse or dependent child is accepted for admission.
- The individual is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed outside of Arizona pursuant to military orders or is the spouse or dependent child of that individual and the individual claimed Arizona as their legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the last date of registration.
Per ABOR policy, the veteran exception requires:
- A. The individual holds an honorable discharge from the uniformed services of the United States from either active duty or reserve or National Guard status, or has retired from active duty or reserve or National Guard status. Such individual shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student and, while continuously enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the individual has demonstrated objective evidence of intent; or,
- B. The individual, while using educational assistance under 38 United States code chapter 30 or chapter 33, enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents within three years after the veteran's discharge from active duty service of ninety or more days or within three years after the service member's death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of ninety or more days or remains continuously enrolled beyond the three-year period following the discharge of the veteran or the service member's death. Such individual shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student and does not lose in-state student classification if the individual has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona.
Native American Exception
Per ABOR policy, the Native American exception requires:
- The individual is an enrolled member of an Indian tribe recognized by the United States department of Interior whose reservation land lies wholly or partially in Arizona and extends into another state.
Per ABOR policy, the AmeriCorps/VISTA exception requires:
- The individual has participated in the AmeriCorps program or the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program for at least one year in Arizona.
Please Note: a formal petition is not required for the AmeriCorps/VISTA exception
Per ABOR policy, the Teacher Waiver requires:
- The individual is domiciled in Arizona and an employee of a public school district in Arizona and is under contract to teach on a fulltime basis, or is employed as a full-time noncertified classroom aide at a public school within that school district. For purposes of this paragraph, the individual is eligible to pay in-state tuition only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the State Board of Education to teach in a public school district in Arizona.
- Teacher waivers are effective only for the semester for which they are submitted. You will need to submit a new waiver request for subsequent semesters.
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