To establish uniform guidelines for the classification of
students for payment of tuition
Arizona Revised Statutes §§
15–1801 to –1805
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual - 4-101;
4-201 to -208
A person who does not qualify to enroll as a resident student
must pay nonresident tuition, in addition to other established fees
and charges. General criteria for the classification of students as
residents or nonresidents for tuition purposes are as follows.
- A person may not be classified as a resident student for the
purposes of registration and payment of fees and expenses at the
university until domiciled in this state for one year and
financially independent for two years next preceding the last day
of registration for credit published by the university, except for
students domiciled in this state whose parent’s domicile is
in this state and who may be claimed by that parent as a dependent
for tax purposes.
- Mere presence of a person in the state of Arizona for one year
does not necessarily establish a domicile for classifying that
person as a resident student. No person shall be deemed to have
gained or lost a domicile by reason of presence or absence while a
student at any institution of learning.
- Tuition status must be determined prior to registration and
payment of fees. The responsibility of registration under the
proper status is placed upon the individual.
An affidavit must be completed and filed prior to any decision
concerning tuition status. The affidavit is required upon original
registration or upon a desired change in classification or after an
absence for a semester or more.
In all cases where the records indicate that the student’s
domicile is not in Arizona, nonresident tuition will be assessed.
Any student found to have made a false or misleading statement
concerning domicile shall be subject to dismissal from the
- Classification officers of the university shall be designated
to determine tuition status. If there is any question as to
domicile, the matter should be brought to the attention of the
classification officers and passed upon prior to registration and
payment of fees. The same classification officers can, during the
registration period published by the university or at other times,
pass upon the domicile of a person.
- The president of the university shall appoint one or more
appeals committees to hear the cases of individuals who believe
that the decision regarding their domicile is not consistent with
the laws of the State of Arizona or the guidelines promulgated by
the Arizona Board of Regents. An appeal shall be filed in the
office of the domicile classification officer. It shall be written,
signed by the student, and accompanied by a sworn written statement
of all facts relative to the matter. Notice of appeal shall be
filed within 35 days from the last day of registration published by
the university. The person appealing shall have the right to appear
and testify before the committee and to be represented by an
For related information, see SSM
205–01, “Residency Reclassification—General
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