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Residency Appeals

The residency classification appeal process affords students who have had their residency petition denied the opportunity to present new evidence and/or testimony before the University Residency Appeals Committee, who will subsequently render a final decision.  An appeal is only for students that have had petitions formally denied by the Residency Office are eligible.  This committee is bound to the same ABOR policies as the Residency Office and does not have authority to make exceptions.  The committee is staffed by faculty, staff and students from across the university.  Staff members from the Residency Office are not permitted to serve on this committee. 

Appeal Deadlines
Fall 2017: September 27, 2017
Spring 2018: February 16, 2018
Summer 2018: June 21, 2018
Fall 2018: September 26, 2018

Per ABOR Policy, student requests to appeal their residency classification must be submitted no later than 35 days after the last day of registration for the term for which the initial petition was submitted. Failure to properly file the appeal request prior to the established deadline date constitutes a waiver of right to appeal.

Appeals cannot be requested until after a decision on your petition has been made.


Appeal hearings are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  All students are encouraged to submit their appeal requests within 7 days of notification of denial.  Prompt requests will be given priority.  In all situations, your appeal will be scheduled to avoid conflicts with your current class schedule. 

Once an appeal has been scheduled, cancellations or changes must be submitted in writing to the Residency Classification Office no later than five business days before the scheduled appeal. 

The Appeal Process

  1. Review your denial letter, decision summary and Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) requirements
  2. Submit a written request for an appeal hearing using the Residency Appeal Form
  3. Provide new documentation with your appeal request.  All supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 10 business days prior to your scheduled hearing.
  4. Attend your scheduled hearing.  Your hearing will be held whether you are present or not.
  5. Prepare yourself to answer questions about your petition at your appeal hearing. 

The appeal committee members will review your petition independently in its entirety prior to your hearing and may consider all aspects of your application, not just the points indicated in your decision summary.  A decision will be made at the conclusion of your hearing; however, the committee may vote to delay their decision for up to 10 days.

All appeal hearings are open meetings and anyone may attend. To comply with the Arizona Open Meeting Law, you must consent to have your information heard by all those in attendance by signing a FERPA waiver (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974).  Students can elect to be represented by an advisor or counsel at their expense. Please inform the Residency Classificaion Office if you plan to attend with representation.  

Decisions of the Residency Classification Appeal Committee are final. Appellants will be notified by certified letter of the Appeals Committee decision. Appellants who are reclassified as resident students will be refunded the out-of-state portion of the tuition that has been paid for the term in question.

Students with pending appeals are subject to petition deadlines for future terms.  The decision to petition for future terms must be made prior to the posted deadline for the given term regardless of the appellant's status with any pending appeal.