Students who are not a citizen, a legal resident of the U.S., or who are without lawful immigration status are not entitled to classification as resident or “in-state” for tuition purposes. Please complete your Citizenship Verification before you proceed with any residency petition.
Students who are classified as non-resident by the Admissions Office must petition for a review of residency by submitting a completed residency form within the published deadline. Each residency petition, affidavit, or waiver is individually reviewed. Not all circumstances can be addressed in this brief summary. If you wish to discuss your individual case, contact the Student Service Center at ServiceCenter@nau.edu or call us at 928-523-6464.
The Arizona Board of Regents guidelines require a preponderance of evidence of residency for tuition purposes. The rules and regulations for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by the Arizona Board of Regents, according to Arizona state statutes ARS 15-1801 through 1807.
Arizona institutions of higher education are funded by the State of Arizona. Since non-resident students (and their families) generally have not contributed to the source of this funding of public education in Arizona, they are required to pay fees that more closely represent the actual cost of their education.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students
Given the recent Arizona Supreme Court decision prohibiting Maricopa County Community College District from granting in-state tuition to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, the Arizona Board of Regents immediately determined that it could no longer interpret its policies to offer in-state tuition to DACA students. NAU will follow the law and will continue to monitor the matter, particularly since the Court has indicated that it will provide a written opinion explaining its ruling. For questions, call 928-523-6464.
Non-resident tuition rate for Arizona high school graduates
Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) policy Accordion Closed
- An undergraduate non-resident student who graduated from an Arizona high school, but is not otherwise eligible for resident tuition status will be eligible for a non-resident undergraduate tuition rate of 150% of undergraduate resident tuition, if the following conditions are met:
- The student has attended high school in Arizona for a minimum of three years while physically present in Arizona and graduated from an Arizona high school (or attained the equivalent while physically present in Arizona for a minimum of three years)
- The student is lawfully present in Arizona
- This tuition rate applies to undergraduate students, and does not apply to differential tuition, or tuition for on-line, accelerated or distributed programs.
- “High School” is defined as grades 9-12. Completion of the 9th grade while physically present in Arizona, whether at an Arizona middle school or high school or equivalent, will count toward the Arizona high school attendance requirement. The three years of Arizona high school attendance do not need to be consecutive.
- A student who meets the requirements of this policy will be eligible for this tuition rate regardless of when the student graduated from an Arizona high school.
NAU procedure to apply for 150% of undergraduate resident tuition rate
- Complete and submit the Non-Resident Arizona High School Graduate Reduced Tuition Rate Application (see below).
- Review and complete Citizenship Verification.
- Submit copies of your Arizona high school transcript(s) or Arizona General Education Certificate unless you have already submitted them when you were admitted. If your high school transcripts do not show that you were present in Arizona for at least 3 years, you will need to submit documentation supporting your claim of Arizona domicile during that time period.
Independent student residency criteria
Student must be at least 18 yrs of age, document 12 months of continuous physical presence in Arizona (a domicile year), 24 months of financial independence, and objective evidence of intent to make Arizona the student’s permanent home.
Students currently enrolled in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition rate must first decline this tuition rate 12 months prior to the submission of the Independent Change of Residency Status Petition AND pay any tuition during those 12 months at the non-resident rate.
All of the evidence is weighed under the presumption that a non-resident student’s presence in Arizona is primarily for the purpose of education and not to establish domicile, and that decisions of an individual as to the intent to establish domicile are generally made after the completion of an education and not before.
The following three criteria must all be met:
1. Physical presence (12 Months) Accordion Closed
To be eligible for classification as a resident for tuition purposes, you must provide clear and convincing evidence of continuous physical presence in the state of Arizona for the 12 months prior to the term in question. The 12 month period is referred to as a domicile year. You must be at least 18 at the beginning of the domicile year. This presence must be coupled with clear and convincing evidence of intent to establish a domicile in Arizona BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF BEING A STUDENT. Mere presence of a person in this state does not, by itself, constitute domicile. There is a presumption that no adult student or emancipated minor has established a domicile in this state while attending any educational institution in this state.
2. Intent to establish a domicile (12 months) Accordion Closed
Your evidence of intent to be a resident of this state is demonstrated by the absence of ties to your former state of residence. Actions used to indicate intent must be accomplished at the beginning of the domicile year, and be maintained throughout the year.
If these steps are delayed, the start of your one year domicile period will also be delayed accordingly. All requirements must be demonstrated for one full year before resident status may be granted.
Samples of required documentation include:
- Arizona driver’s license or state identification card must be in place for at least 12 months
- Arizona motor vehicle registration
- Employment history
- Transfer of major banking services to Arizona
- Eligible immigration (visa) status if you are a non-citizen
- Arizona voter’s registration (Voter Registration Request Form)
- Change in permanent address on all pertinent records
- Federal and Arizona state income taxes
- Additional documents, as requested
- Visa holders will need an I – 485 receipt dated on or before the beginning of the domicile year
- Some visa types are not eligible to petition for residency. See the full list of visa eligibility.
3. Financial independence (24 months) Accordion Closed
You need to be self-supporting (financially independent) and not claimed as a dependent by your parents or anyone else on federal or state income taxes for two tax years. Financial independence means that you met your own expenses (tuition, housing, meals, transportation, etc.) from self-generated funds under your control.
Generally, a student is considered dependent on parents while in high school regardless of how taxes are filed. Personal loans, PLUS loans, gifts, and cash earnings are not acceptable forms of income. Auto insurance policies must be separate from parents’ policy.
Required documentation includes:
- Financial aid
- Documented inheritance
- Veteran’s or Social Security Benefits
- Trust Funds (established prior to high school)
- Accident/insurance settlements
- Federal/Arizona State Income Tax