Residency FAQs

When is a student's residency status determined? The Admissions office determines each student's residency status when the completed application for admission is received and processed. The decision is based on the information contained in the application for admission, transcripts, and other documents required for admission. The residency status determined at this time remains in effect until the student either (1) fulfills the requirements for residency and petitions for reclassification or (2) loses residency by his or her absence from Alabama with intent to become a resident of another state. Residency status is reviewed after any absence from the university of one year [three consecutive semesters] or more.

How is a minor student's residency status determined? In Alabama, nineteen (19) is the age of majority. Persons under the age of nineteen are considered minors under the law. The residency status for students under nineteen is based upon the residence of the student’s “supporting person” as that term is defined in the Non-resident Tuition Policy. In most cases a person must be 19 to begin to establish residency apart from his or her parents, legal custodian, or guardian.

Will my residency status be updated to in-state after my first year of attendance? A student's residency status is not based on the length of time that he or she attends the University. Alabama law stipulates that an individual living in Alabama for the purpose of attending school is to be considered a non-resident student. Students admitted as non-residents remain as such until and unless sufficient evidence is submitted that demonstrates fulfillment of the requirements listed in the University's Residency Policy.

Are there provisions for veterans and members of the U.S. military? Yes. Please review Section IV of the University's Residency Policy.

What is the resident status of immigrants, refugees and international students? A noncitizen with a visa that prohibits establishing a residence in Alabama during any portion of the durational period may not be granted resident student status. Other noncitizens may qualify for resident student status by meeting all requirements for residency outlined previously, or having been granted refugee status and meeting all other requirements for residence.

What effect does property ownership in Alabama have on tuition classification? Property ownership in Alabama does not, by itself, constitute residency or entitlement to in-state tuition.

Does a student who is not a minor living in Alabama with a relative other than parents or guardian have any effect on residency status? None or very little.

If a student is a dependent of an out-of-state University of Alabama alumnus, would it have any effect on his or her residency status? No. This would have no influence on residency status but the student may be eligible for an Alumni Heritage Scholarship offered by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.

How does a student petition for a reclassification of residency status? A non-resident student who believes he or she has satisfied the residency requirements may complete an Application for Reclassification of Residence for Tuition Purposes . A change in residency classification is never automatic. It is always the student's responsibility to initiate the reclassification request. Applications must be submitted by the payment confirmation deadline for the term that reclassification is sought.

After reading the residency guidelines, I think I should have been considered a resident months ago. Can I apply for a prior semester and get a refund if I can show I was a resident then? No. You must apply by the deadline for registration for the semester in question in order to be reviewed for residency reclassification for that semester.

May a student appeal if his or her petition for residency is denied? Yes. For details please go to Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

May a student who is classified as a resident lose resident status and be reclassified as a non-resident? Temporary absences from Alabama alone will not result in a loss of resident student status once established, unless the absence is accompanied by actions which indicate intent to establish a new residence in another state.

Determination that false or misleading information was provided by the student may result in loss of resident status and dismissal from the University.

Residency status may be redetermined after any absence from the university.

For more details, please visit Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

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