Residency Classification FAQs

No–any person requesting reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes must prove they meet the residency requirement or that they meet one of the approved exceptions.

No–there is no set amount of time after which a student attending as a non-resident will automatically be changed to a resident. A student wanting to be reclassified must initiate the process by submitting a Petition to Change Residency by the appropriate deadline.

No–assistantships may receive a non-resident tuition waiver from their department but this waiver does not reclassify the student as a resident for tuition purposes.

Once a student is classified as a resident for tuition purposes, their status will not change through the completion of one degree program, provided that the student remains continuously enrolled (meaning, enrolled each fall and spring semester). If you apply for a second degree program (i.e., graduate or professional school), your residency will be reviewed and you will have to meet the residency criteria on your own.

Being in Arizona for 1 year does not necessarily make you a resident for tuition purposes. You will need to meet all of the requirements: one year showing physical presence, intent beyond the circumstance of being a student, and evidence of 2 years of financial independence, unless you meet one of the exceptions.

Students who are already attending UA as a non-resident, would need to submit a Petition to Change Residency (during the petition period) for a change of residency classification for tuition.

Newly admitted students who feel they have been misclassified, would complete a Domicile Affidavit and submit to the Residency Classification Office for further review of their residency classification.

No–owning property in Arizona doesn't automatically qualify you as a resident for tuition purposes. If you are trying to establish residency in Arizona, paying taxes in Arizona is an indicator of your intent to become an Arizona resident. However, you must meet all the residency criteria to be eligible for residency for tuition purposes.

Yes. The information provided here only applies to residency for tuition and fee purposes at the University of Arizona. Different rules may apply to determine residency in your home state or for other schools. It is possible to be a person without a state residence for tuition and fee purposes.

No–ABOR policy states that the home of an unemancipated minor is that of the parent(s). However, Arizona high school graduates who have spent at least 3 of their high school years in Arizona, may qualify for a reduced tuition rate. 

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Objective evidence of financial independence means a student's ability to meet his or her own expenses. Indicators of financial independence include: 1) Place of employment and proof of earnings 2) Other sources of support 3) Proof of filing an Arizona state income tax return 4) Residence claimed on federal income tax returns of applicant and/or parents 5) Veteran status 6) Whether claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes by a parent or any other individual for two years immediately preceding the request for residency classification. A student will generally be considered financially independent if he/she:

  • is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces - OR -
  • was not claimed as an income tax deduction by his/her parents or any other individual for the two years immediately preceding the request for residency classification, and has demonstrated objective evidence of self-support for two years. The two years used to demonstrate self-support are the two tax years immediately preceding the request for residency classification.

You can view the Arizona Board of Regents policies by going to the ABOR website.

The rules and regulations regarding residency for tuition purposes are established by the Arizona Board of Regents.

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

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