Exceptions to the 12 Months of Living in AZ Policy

There are certain exceptions to the general rule. 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 meets one of the following criteria: 

An alien may qualify as a resident (a) by meeting the general one-year durational requirement, (b) by meeting one of the exceptions to the general rule, or (c) by having been granted refugee status and meeting all other requirements for domicile in this state; provided that in establishing domicile, the alien must not hold a visa that prohibits establishing domicile in this state

The student is domiciled in Arizona and has not met the one-year durational requirement, but one or both of the student's parents are domiciled in Arizona and are entitled to claim him or her as a dependent child for state and federal tax purposes (whether or not the parent actually claimed the student as a dependent child).

Dependent Exception Form

The student is domicile in Arizona and has not met the one-year durational requirement, but the student’s spouse has established domicile in this state for at least one year and has demonstrated financial independence, and the person’s spouse is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for federal and state tax purposes.

Married to AZ Resident Exception Form

The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or is employed as a full-time non-certified classroom aide, at a school with that school district. The person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the State Board of Education to teach in a school district in this state. This does not include other members of the family.

Transferred Employee Exception form

The student is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including Reserves and National Guards, stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders or is a member's spouse or dependent child at the time of admission. A student does not lose resident status while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled if military service is discontinued. In addition, a person domiciled in Arizona immediately prior to becoming a member of the U.S. Armed Forces will not lose resident status because of his or her absence from Arizona while a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, provided that he or she has demonstrated continued intent to maintain Arizona domicile.

Military Stationed in AZ Exception form

The person is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed outside of this state pursuant to military order or is the spouse or dependent child, and the person claimed Arizona as the person’s legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the last date of registration. The person claiming in-state status under this section shall be required to provide a copy of the Military Form DD-2058 which verifies their state of legal residence; and the person demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona by at least one of the items set forth in Section 4-205(A)(3); and provide evidence of having filed an Arizona Resident Income Tax Return with the Arizona Department of Revenue for the prior tax year on all income from all sources.

Domicile Affidavit form

If you are an Honorably Discharged Veteran you need to submit an Honorably Discharged Veteran Residency Classification Exception form, a copy of your DD-214 Member 4 or Service 2 showing Honorable Discharge and a copy of a document that illustrates your intent to be a resident of Arizona.  This may be fulfilled with one of the following: 

  • Arizona driver's license 
  • Arizona vehicle registration 
  • Arizona voter registration 
  • Employment history in Arizona 
  • Transfer of major banking services in Arizona 
  • Change of permanent address on all pertinent records 
  • Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status 

If you are using Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty (MGIB-AD), Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI-Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sargent John David Fry Scholarship AND qualify as a “covered individual” under Section 702 of The Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014, submit the Residency Classification Exception for “Covered Individuals” form: 

  1. On the term noted on this form the student will use Chapter 30 MGIB, Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI-Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sargent John David Fry Scholarship, AND
  2. The student lives in Arizona, AND
  3. Meets one of the “covered individual” definitions (see form for supporting documentation needed):

              a) The student is enrolled within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a 
                  period of active duty service of 90 days or more
              b) The student is enrolled and using the Marine Gunnery Sargent John David 
                   Fry Scholarship
              c) The student is enrolled and the transferor is a member of the Uniformed
                  Services currently serving on active-duty

The student is an enrolled member in a federally recognized Arizona tribe; verified by completion of a Native American Exception form and copy of a Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal Identification Card.

Native American Exception form

You may qualify for residency if you have participated in the AmeriCorps program or the Volunteers to Service to America program for at least one year in the state of Arizona.

AmeriCorps Form

The student is a doctoral graduate student who is a candidate for degree, having completed all requirements for the degree except dissertation and who qualified as a resident student immediately prior to being eligible to begin dissertation.

Dissertation Exception form

The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or is employed as a full-time non-certified classroom aide, at a school with that school district. The person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the State Board of Education to teach in a school district in this state. This does not include other members of the family. 

Teachers on Contract Exception form


Commonly Used Residency Forms

Listed below are commonly used forms for residency classification purposes. Before submitting your form PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE SUBMITTING THE CORRECT FORM BY READING ALL OF THE DESCRIPTION below each link. If you have any questions call the Residency Classification Office at 520-621-3636

To view and print the .pdf (portable document format) file, you must have Adobe Acrobat® Reader™ software installed on your computer.

Download a free copy from the Adobe website

Fill in the Domicile Affidavit form out if you are either:  

A new student applying for admission to the university for the FIRST TIME   

-OR-

A student returning after an absence of one or more regular semesters

Domicile Affidavit form

Used by CONTINUING STUDENTS (must have been enrolled in previous semester to petition) to apply for resident status. Please see the Petition to Change Residency Classification form for deadline for each semester.

Petition to Change Residency Classification form


Application for an Arizona High School Graduate Non-Resident Discount

Submit the Arizona High School Graduate form if you are a non-resident undergraduate student who has graduated from an Arizona high school or has earned a GED in the state of Arizona. This is not a form to change your residency classification to a resident for tuition purposes. This is an application for a special tuition rate of 150% of undergraduate tuition.

Arizona High School Graduate form

Residency Classification Office 
The Administration Building, Room 210 
P.O. Box 210067 
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067 
Email: REG-rco@arizona.edu
Phone: 520-621-3113
Fax: 520-621-3665

To make a zoom or phone call appointment: 

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