Residency for Tuition Purposes

I. NON-RESIDENT TUITION POLICY

All students registering at the University of Alabama who come to the state of Alabama from another state for the purpose of attending school will be considered a "non-resident student" for tuition purposes. Classification of students as a non-resident shall be made at the time of their initial admission to the university and the non-resident status shall continue unchanged through all registrations at the university until and unless satisfactory evidence is provided supporting that the student's reason for coming to and remaining in the state has changed. Documents which are at least one (1) year old from the date of issue are often, but not always, more probative than those that are less than one year old.

Furthermore, the University of Alabama will default the resident code to non-resident during the admissions process if any out of state information is received (i.e. transcript, out of state address) or if the student has been away from the university for a year or more. The out of state code will remain until documentation is received that demonstrates that the student is either a resident who attended an out of state institution or has not left the state during the 12 month absence.

A "resident student" is one who, at the time of admission to the University:

  • Is not a "minor" and  meets any of the following criteria:
    • Is a resident of the state of Alabama and has been a resident of the state for at least one year immediately preceding the date of registration;
    • Is a full-time employee (not temporary) of the University of Alabama or is the spouse of such an employee;
    • Is able to verify full-time permanent employment within the state of Alabama and shall commence said employment not more than ninety (90) days after registration (first day of classes) with the institution, or is the spouse of such an employee;
    • Is a resident of Lowndes or Noxubee counties in Mississippi and has been a resident of that county for at least one year immediately preceding the date of registration;
    • Is an out-of-state active duty or retired military veteran who is a resident of any of the following counties in Mississippi: Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Itawamba, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Winston; OR
  • Is a "minor" and whose "supporting person(s)" meets any of the following criteria:
    • Is a resident of the state of Alabama and has been a resident of the state for at least one year immediately preceding the date of registration;
    • Is a full-time employee (not temporary) of the University of Alabama;
    • Is able to verify full-time permanent employment within the state of Alabama and shall commence said employment not more than ninety (90) days after registration (first day of classes) with the institution;
    • Is a resident of Lowndes or Noxubee counties in Mississippi and has been a resident of that county for at least one year immediately preceding the date of registration;

A non-resident student is one who does not meet the criteria for a "resident student" as specified in the preceding section.


II. DEFINITIONS
  • Minor:
    An individual who, because of age, lacks the capacity to contract under Alabama law. Under current law, this means a single individual under nineteen (19) and a married individual under eighteen (18), but excludes an individual whose disabilities of non-age have been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction for a reason other than establishing a legal residence in Alabama.
  • Supporting person:
    Either or both of the parents of the student (if they are living together) or if they are divorced or living separate, then either the parent having legal custody or, if different, the parent providing the greater amount of financial support of the two (verified by a copy of the most recent income tax return). If both parents are deceased or if neither had legal custody then supporting person shall mean, in the following order: legal custodian of the student, and, if none, the guardian, and, if none, the conservator.
  • Veteran: A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). Active service includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes.

III. NON-RESIDENT RECLASSIFICATION

To be considered a "resident student" for tuition purposes, one must prove by satisfactory evidence (1) that a specific address or location within the State of Alabama is their residence, that they intend to remain there indefinitely, and that they have more substantial connections to Alabama than to any other state; and (2) that one has been a resident of Alabama for at least one year preceding the date of registration. If a non-resident student seeking reclassification is a  minor, then his or her supporting person(s) must meet this criteria. Though certification of an address and intent to remain in the state indefinitely are prerequisites to establishing one's status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status shall be made by the University by its evaluation of the presence or absence of connections with the state of Alabama, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Payment of Alabama state income taxes as a resident.
  • Military records, such as Leave & Earning Statements, showing an in-state address.
  • Ownership of a residence or other real property in the state and payment of state ad valorem taxes thereon; more significantly ownership of a residence other than the place where the student resides while in school.
  • Continuous physical presence in the state for a purpose other than attending school and except for temporary absences for travel, military service, temporary employment, etc.
  • Residence in the state of a spouse, parents, or children.
  • Transfer of all banking services to Alabama, such as checking and savings accounts, safe deposit boxes, and/or investment accounts.
  • Previous periods of residency in the state continuing for one year or more.
  • Voter registration and voting in the state; more significantly continuing voter registration in the state that initially occurred at least one year prior to the initial registration of the student in Alabama at a public institution of higher education.
  • Possession of state or local licenses to do business or practice a profession in the state.
  • Ownership of personal property in the state and payment of state taxes thereon (e.g. automobile, boat, etc.) and possession of state license plates.
  • Membership in religious, professional, business, civic, or social organizations in the state not connected to their status as a student.
  • In-state address and date shown on selective service registration, driver's license, automobile title registration, hunting and fishing license, insurance policies, stock and bond registrations, last will and testament, annuities, or retirement plans.
  • Location within the state of the high school from which the individual graduated.
  • Financial independence from non-Alabama resident parents or other relatives.

This list is not all inclusive and merely describes examples of documentation which may show whether or not a person has more substantial connections with the state of Alabama than any other state.

Factors which may show more connections with a state other than Alabama include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Student maintains ties with another state such as maintaining a driver's license in another state, or owning a house in another state.
  • Student begins living in Alabama shortly before or only after being admitted to attend school in an Alabama university.
  • Student lives in Alabama only while in school and returns repeatedly to another state during summer term, vacations, and holidays.
  • A parent or other person who is not an Alabama resident provides more than minimal or occasional financial support.
  • Student leaves personal possessions in another state and only brings to Alabama what is necessary for temporary stay.
  • Student receives PLUS loan money from parents who are not Alabama residents.
  • Student receives personal loans other than from a financial institution.
  • Obtains loans with co-borrowers who are non-Alabama residents.
  • Has savings that have not been in an account in the student's name for at least one year prior to the student's initial registration.
  • Receives financial aid that requires the student to be a resident of another state.

IV. VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES

For purposes of admission and tuition, the University of Alabama shall consider that the term “resident student” includes any of the following:

A. One who, at the time of registration, is not a “minor” and satisfies one of the following:

1. Is a member or the spouse of a member of the United States military on fulltime active duty stationed in Alabama under orders other than attending school; OR

2. Commencing on May 22, 2012, has been a member of the Alabama National Guard for a period of at least two years immediately preceding the student   qualifying for resident tuition and continues to be a member of the Alabama National Guard while enrolled at the public institution of higher education; OR

3. Is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, provided that the veteran has become a resident of Alabama (as demonstrated by the establishment of an Alabama residence and possession of an identification card issued by the state of Alabama) and satisfies at least one of the following conditions:

    • The veteran has served on active duty for a continuous period of time, not less than two years, and has received an honorable discharge as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214 within five years of enrolling in an Alabama public institution of higher education; OR
    • Has been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of at least two years immediately preceding the student qualifying for resident tuition and continues to be an active drilling member of their respective Reserve Unit while enrolled at the public institution of higher education; OR
    • The veteran has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

B. One who, at the time of registration, is a “minor” and whose “supporting person” is a member of the United States military on a fulltime active duty stationed in Alabama under orders for duties other than attending school. 


V. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

In general, international students may apply for residence reclassification, but must have the ability to remain indefinitely in the United States and otherwise meet the requirements of the Alabama Code and Board Rule 202. More specifically, a person must be a Permanent Resident Alien, Political Asylee, Political Refugee, or who hold an A, E, G, H, I, L, O, P, R, TC, TD or TN visa to be eligible for review as an in-state resident for tuition purposes. Students who hold a B, F, J, or M visa are not eligible to establish Alabama residency unless their supporting person is an Alabama resident or is a full-time employee of a company party to an Alabama Free Trade Agreement.


VI. APPLICATION PROCESS FOR RECLASSIFICATION
  • Students who wish to apply for reclassification of residence must submit an Application for Reclassification of Residency to The Office of The University Registrar by the payment confirmation deadline for the term in which they seek reclassification. Applications submitted after the payment confirmation deadline will be considered for the next succeeding semester. The student bears the burden of proving that he/she is a "resident student." Classification as a "resident student" shall be based upon the required application and the supporting evidence or documentation filed with the application and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
  • A student may appeal an unfavorable decision of the University Registrar to the Residency Appellate Review Committee. The appeal must be made in writing and filed with the University Registrar's Office within thirty (30) days after the date of the University Registrar's decision. If the Appellate Review Committee upholds the unfavorable decision after evaluating the submitted documentation, the student may request a personal meeting with the Committee within 14 days of the notification letter. The decision of the Committee will be final as they are deemed to be the President's designee.

If a student who has been previously denied in-state residency reclassification has a change in his/her status (e.g., a reason for being in the state other than to attend school, or it is his/her intent to remain in the state indefinitely), then a new Application for Reclassification of Residency may be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Only those students whose circumstances have changed in a significant way and are able to provide sufficient additional documentation for review will be considered. Otherwise, no further reclassification requests will be considered.

Registration Payment/Confirmation deadlines cannot be extended while a student's residency is being reviewed. Refer to http://studentreceivables.ua.edu/.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Requests for reclassification for past semesters will not be considered.