In order to be reclassified as a resident for tuition purposes, students must clearly and convincingly demonstrate they meet the requirements set forth in ABOR policy and must follow all applicable state laws. Supporting documentation must be clear and convincing, leaving no question as to its intent. Documents such as letters from family or friends, cell phone bills, or utility bills are generally not useful as they do not objectively demonstrate a person meets the residency requirements. ABOR policy states:
- That the domicile of a minor is that of the minor’s parent.
- That all evidence presented in support of in-state residency be weighted under the presumption that a non-resident student’s presence in Arizona is primarily for the purpose of education and not to establish domicile. Decisions regarding residency are to presume, barring clear evidence to the contrary, that no emancipated person has established a domicile in this state while attending any educational institution in this state as a full-time student.
Also per ABOR policy, the decisions of an individual as to the intent to establish domicile are generally made after the completion of an education and not before. There are no exceptions granted due to unusual circumstances or financial hardship.
Step 1: Complete the Residency Petition/Verification Overview to determine which form and documentation is most appropriate to your situation. If you are unsure, or if you have any questions, please contact the Residency Classification Office.
Step 2: Submit the appropriate residency petition or verification form to the Residency Classification Office with your $50.00 non-refundable petition fee (if required).
Step 3: Respond promptly to requests for additional information as your request is evaluated by the Residency Classification Office. In making residency determinations, the university considers all information provided in or with an application, as well as any other available information relevant to the application. Residency evaluators can and will verify the veracity of all documentation provided by residency petitioners.
- Warning: Misrepresentation or falsification of information can be costly. Students are expected to be honest with all information presented in connection with the petition process, and by submitting a notarized petition, confirm that all information is true and complete. Petitioners who have omitted, falsified or misrepresented any information will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action.
- Applications and accompanying documentation will be retained by Arizona State University in accordance with university approved requirements. All information will be kept confidential as required by law and university policies.
- Petitions will not be evaluated until all requested documents have been submitted to the Residency Classification Office.
- Processing time for completed petitions varies based on when a petition is submitted, but a decision is generally made within 6-8 weeks of submission. Petitions submitted at or near the deadline may take longer.
- Students needing a residency decision prior to the tuition/fee payment deadline are advised to submit their completed petition, including the $50.00 fee and all required documents, at least six weeks prior to the fee payment deadline.
- Approvals are granted only when applicants have presented clear and convincing evidence that they have met the guidelines for residency as established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), including the establishment of a permanent domicile in the state of Arizona.
- Your decision and justification letter will be sent to you via mail or e-mail (students will indicate their preference on their petition/verification).
Step 4: Review the decision letter (and decision justification, if denied). If approved, your tuition will be adjusted and a refund will be issued (if applicable). If denied, your decision justification will explain which residency requirements you did not meet, which may be helpful should you choose to appeal your decision; please review Residency Appeals for additional information.
Additional Resources and Information Regarding Residency Re-classification
Financial Aid and Residency Classification—Because financial aid is calculated differently for residents and non-residents, if your status changes to resident, your financial aid will be reduced and any institutional scholarships will be adjusted or cancelled. You will be responsible for paying any resulting charges on your student account, which may include returning funds already disbursed to you. Check with Student Financial Assistance in order to determine how these changes will affect your award(s). In the event of a financial aid adjustment, you will be notified by e-mail to check My ASU for new award information.
Citizenship/Lawful Presence Requirement—Arizona law requires that students who are seeking consideration for in-state tuition status or aid that is funded in part or in whole by state money 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. Please go to Citizenship/Lawful Presence for additional information.
Visa Types and Residency Eligibility—For non-U.S. citizens, only persons who are entitled to reside permanently in the U.S. are eligible for in-state status classification at the university. These individuals, like U.S. citizens, must still prove that they have established domicile in Arizona as defined in Arizona Board of Regent's policy. In other words, having the privilege of remaining permanently in the U.S. is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition to obtaining in-state classification at the university.
Non-U.S. students must clearly and convincingly prove that they are permanent residents of Arizona. A temporary, non-immigrant visa will not allow a person to obtain a permanent status in Arizona regardless of the length of the visa or the number of times it is renewed.
Continuing eligibility to remain classified as a resident student for tuition purposes depends upon the continued maintenance of eligible immigration status. Students that change to a non-eligible classification status may be changed to a status of non-resident.
International students that are entitled to reside permanently in the U.S. may be eligible for in-state status classification at the university. Please see Visa Types and Residency Eligibility List for additional information.