Student Services Manual (SSM)

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Effective: 3/12/1983

Revised: 11/1/2006

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SSM 402–01: Residency—General Guidelines

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Purpose

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To establish uniform guidelines for the classification of students for payment of tuition

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Sources

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Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 15–1801 to –1805
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual - 4-101; 4-201 to -208

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Policy

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 university.

  4. 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.
  5. 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 advisor.

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Cross-Reference

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For related information, see SSM 205–01, “Residency Reclassification—General Policy.”


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