There are certain exceptions to the general residency rule. You may be eligible for resident status if you meet one of the following criteria on or before the last day of regular course enrollment. The list below explains most exceptions, but further details may apply.
You may be classified as a resident if you can establish that on or before the last day of course enrollment, you are living in Arizona, the home of your parent(s) is in Arizona, and your parent(s) is entitled to claim you as an exemption for federal and state tax purposes.
Married to an Arizona Resident
You may be classified as a resident if you are married, and your spouse has established the necessary criteria for residency for tuition purposes as follows:
- S/he has been domiciled in Arizona for at least one year; and
- S/he has demonstrated financial independence and is entitled to claim you as an exemption for state and federal purposes; and
- If the person applying to be a student is a non-citizen, the non-citizen must be in an eligible visa status to be classified as a resident student for tuition purposes.
You may be classified as a resident if you can establish that on or before the last day of enrollment, you are living in Arizona and your employer transferred you to Arizona for employment purposes, or you are the spouse of such an employee, or you are an employee of an Arizona employer taking not more than six credit units solely through electronic course delivery at employer-sanctioned sites in Arizona, when the employer is required to pay additional site fees or transmission costs.
Honorably Discharged Military
You may be classified as a resident if you have been honorably discharged as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and meet all of the following conditions:
- Registered to vote in Arizona; and
- Demonstrates objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona, which may include at least one of the following;
- an Arizona drivers license;
- an Arizona motor vehicle registration;
- employment history in Arizona;
- transfer of major banking services to Arizona;
- changes of permanent address on all pertinent records;
- other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.
Military Stationed in Arizona
You may be classified as a resident if you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders or you are the spouse or dependent child (as defined in §A.R.S. 43-1001) of a person who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders at the time the spouse or dependent child is accepted for admission.
Military Stationed outside Arizona
You may be classified as a resident if you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed outside of Arizona pursuant to military orders or you are the spouse or dependent child (as defined in A.R.S. §43-1001) of a person who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed outside of Arizona pursuant to military orders, 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 resident status under this section shall be required to:
- provide a copy of the military form DD-2058 which verifies state of legal residence; 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.
You may be classified as a resident if (1) you are a member of an American Indian tribe recognized by the United States Department of Interior whose reservation land lies in Arizona and extends into another state and (2) you reside on the reservation.
According to our “good neighbor” policy, you may be eligible for in-state tuition if you live within seventy-five miles of the Arizona border in certain counties of California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico and you are attending courses at an NAU statewide location in certain Arizona counties. This policy applies for up to 6 units of credit each term. If you enroll for more than 6 units, the out-of-state tuition is charged unless the courses are web or satellite courses. In this case, the tuition is set to at least 150% of the in-state rate.
Doctoral Graduate Student Who Is a Candidate for Degree
You may be classified as a resident if you are a doctoral graduate student who is a candidate for a doctoral 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.
You may receive in-state tuition if you are a graduate assistant at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona whose assigned teaching, research, or service responsibilities meet the guidelines established by the university for designation as a resident student. This exception applies only as long as the student is employed under the classification of Graduate Assistant.
Employee of a Public School District
You may be classified as a resident if you are an employee of a public school district in Arizona and are under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or are employed as a full-time non-certified classroom aide at a public school within that school district. For purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible to pay in-state tuition only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the State Board of Education to teach in a public school district in this state. No member of the person's family is eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this paragraph, although they may be qualified under other exceptions.
- Shall establish uniform procedures to determine whether courses taken by a teacher or classroom aide qualify under this section.
- Shall consider charter schools as public schools, consistent with Arizona statutes.
- May apply this section to teachers and classroom aides from private schools where those private schools require that teachers hold Arizona teacher certification.
If you are an immigrant, you are subject to the same requirements for resident status as U.S. citizens are. The one-year residency period begins on the date that your resident alien status is officially granted.
If you are a refugee, you may qualify as a resident refugee student by virtue of having been granted refugee status in accordance with all applicable laws of the United States and having met all other requirements for residence in Arizona.
For any semester, if a student applies for classification as a resident student, but is classified as a nonresident and believes that the classification is erroneous, then the student may request a review. Students should review residency classification policies before filing a request for review.
Procedures are in place for students whose petitions have been denied and who wish to appeal. Please contact the Registrar's Office for further information.