Classification Guidelines

Residency classification for tuition purposes at ASU is a benefit reserved for Arizona residents who have met the requirements as established by Arizona state law and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) policy.  Each student must be classified as either a resident student or a non-resident student for tuition purposes. A student who is classified as a non-resident student is charged non-resident tuition in addition to other registration fees and charges. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their classification and address any concerns or disputes regarding their classification in a timely manner. 

In general, to be classified a resident for tuition purposes, a student must:

  • Demonstrate lawful presence as required by Arizona state law.  
  • Document continuous physical presence in Arizona for at least 12 months prior to the semester of application
  • Provide evidence of simultaneous acts of intent to make Arizona the student’s permanent home and severance of all ties to the previous state of residence.  Acts occurring less than one year before the last day of registration may not be considered evidence of intent to establish domicile in Arizona. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet all living and educational expenses from self-generated funds under the student’s control for the last two tax years and document that the student has not been claimed as a tax dependent by anyone for the last two years.
  • Provide clear and convincing evidence of intent to establish a domicile in Arizona beyond the circumstance of being a student; overcoming the ABOR directed presumption that no emancipated person has established domicile in Arizona while attending any educational institution in Arizona as a full-time student.

There are specific exceptions to the above criteria.  A student may also be eligible for resident status if he or she can establish that, on or before the last day of regular registration, he or she satisfies one of the following conditions:

  • Dependent of an Arizona Resident—the student and his or her parents are domiciled in Arizona and the parents are entitled to claim the student as a dependent for federal and state tax purposes (physical presence for 12 months is not required). 
  • Transferred Employee—the student is domiciled in Arizona and is an employee or spouse of an employee transferred to Arizona by his or her company for employment purposes (physical presence for 12 months is not required). 
  • Spouse of an Arizona Resident—the student is domiciled in Arizona and is the spouse of an Arizona resident that meets the general criteria for residency classification outlined above, e.g. physical presence for 12 months and intent to be an Arizona resident, including financial independence. 
  • Teacher—the student is an employee of a school district in Arizona and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or is employed as a full-time non-certified aide, at a school within that school district.  The person remains a non-resident until he or she meets the established criteria for residency, but is eligible to pay resident tuition for only classes required for certification by the State Board of Education to teach in a school district in this state.  This exception does not apply to members of the student’s family.
  • Military/Active Reserve or Guard—the student is not domiciled in Arizona, but is a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders or is the member’s spouse or dependent child as defined in A.R.S. 43-1001
  • Military Stationed Outside Arizona—the student is a member of the US Armed Forces stationed outside of Arizona pursuant to military orders or is the spouse or dependent child as defined in A.R.S. 43-1001, and the person claimed Arizona as the person’s legal residence for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the last date of registration.
  • Honorably Discharged Veteran—the student is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces and is registered to vote in Arizona and has demonstrated intent to be a resident of Arizona.
  • Native American—the student is not domiciled in Arizona, but is a member of a Native American tribe whose reservation lies partially in Arizona and another state and is a resident of that reservation. 

Per ABOR policy, in determining classification of students for tuition purposes, any relevant evidence may be considered, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Objective evidence of continuous presence in Arizona for twelve months.
  2. Objective evidence of intent to be an Arizona resident as demonstrated by the absence of ties to the former state of residence and the following:
    1. Financial independence, including: employment and earnings  sources of support, filing of state income tax returns, residence claimed on federal income tax returns of applicant and/or parents, and how and where health and auto insurance policies are maintained.
    2. State in which motor vehicle is registered.  
    3. Date of and state issuing driver's license.
    4. Employment history, including assured future permanent employment in Arizona
    5. The transfer of major banking services to Arizona
    6. Applications for loans, scholarships, grants-in-aid, or other such assistance
    7. Date and state in which student is registered to vote
    8. Place of prior attendance in educational institutions, including high schools, and any information held by such schools affecting domicile
    9. Marital status and work record of registrant and spouse
    10. Change in permanent address on all pertinent records
    11. State in which registered with Selective Service
    12. Military records
    13. Ownership of real property
    14. All other material of whatever kind or source, which may have a bearing on determining domicile or resident status

Some of the above items may not be applicable to your situation; however, you are advised to review the list above to ensure these can be objectively documented prior to submitting a petition. The burden of proof rests with the student and clear and convincing evidence must be submitted to support all claims regarding residency made by the student. 

The information above is intended as an overview and is not a comprehensive review of the residency requirements at ASU.  For more detailed information, please refer to the following:

Students seeking reclassification are expected to research, read, and thoroughly understand the above residency requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be in compliance with all residency requirements, including applicable state laws.  Lack of knowledge regarding these requirements will not excuse the requisite compliance.